Giants Vs. Cardinals: G-Men Split Series In St. Louis With 3-1 Loss

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Pablo Sandoval Injury Update: Giants 3B To Rehab With Single-A San Jose Friday

San Francisco Giants' third baseman Pablo Sandoval is healing nicely after straining his hamstring back on July 24, and is almost back to game shape after taking some fielding drills Thursday. He will give his hammy it's first true test on Friday when he will join the Single-A San Jose Giants for a rehab assignment, according to CSN Bay Area.

Skipper Bruce Bochy noted that Kung Fu Panda will likely play two or three games with the farm squad before being put back on the Giants active roster. If so, and of course if all goes well, Pablo could return to the Black and Orange for Monday's series opener against the first-place Washington Nationals.

Pablo was eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Thursday, but appears to be on the right track to return for a crucial series at AT&T Park come the start of next week.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals, Final Score: Carlos Beltran Homers Again, G-Men Fall 3-1

As the San Francisco Giants were eyeing a rare series victory in St. Louis against the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright and Carlos Beltran had other ideas, leading the way to a 3-1 Red Birds' victory at Busch Stadium on Thursday.

Beltran took Madison Bumgarner (L 12-7) in the first inning to quickly make it 2-0 Cards, his 27th dinger of the year, and it didn't get much better after that for the Black and Orange. Marco Scutaro earned himself another RBI in the series with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but that was all the Giants offense could muster.

Allen Craig's sacrifice fly in the sixth gave St. Louis a two-run cushion, and that was all she wrote for San Francisco.

Bumgarner would depart after six solid innings, allowing all three runs on just three hits, along with seven strikeouts and one walk. As for Wainwright (W 10-10), he was lights out in his seven innings of work, allowing just the one run on five hits and three walks. He too stuck out seven.

The Giants return home to AT&T Park this weekend for a three game set against the Colorado Rockies, starting Friday at 7:15 p.m. PT.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals: Madison Bumgarner, Adam Wainwight Square Off In Finale

The San Francisco Giants aren't worried about putting up an encore performance of their 15-0 beatdown they handed to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, but simply just and W behind the big lefty Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner (12-6, 3.03) has given up two earned runs or less eitherin five consecutive starts, holding opponents to a .188 average over that span. He tossed six innings against the Rockies in his last start, giving up five hits while striking out seven.Bummy had won his first two meetings against St. Louis, both at Busch Stadium, before allowing four runs in 7.1 innings of work in a 4-1 loss at AT&T on May 16.

The Cardinals will send out Adam Wainwright (9-10, 4.03 ERA), who has been pitching well as of late. He's compiled a 1.84 ERA over his last four starts along with 28 K's and just two walks, but has struggled against the Giants in his career. Wainwright has an 0-4 record despite a 3.19 ERA over five career starts versus the Black and Orange.

First pitch is set for 10:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals, Final Score: Marco Scutaro's 7 RBI Lead G-Men To 15-0 Romp

I don't know what the San Francisco Giants had to eat before Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, but they should keep it up as Marco Scutaro's seven RBI's paced the Black and Orange en route to a 15-0 rout at Busch Stadium.

Scutaro topped his previous high of four RBI's handedly, capping it off with a grand slam in the 9th inning. He finished the game 3-6 and two RBI double and RBI single. Scutaro also became the first Giant since Jeff Kent in 2001 to have a seven-plus RBI game.

Hunter Pence went 2-5 with a pair of RBI singles, while Melky Cabrera was 2-4 with an RBI as well. Brandon Crawford went 2-4 with an RBI single, while Angel PAgan and Ryan Theriot each added an RBI as well. Brandon Belt was 2-5 with a double.

As for Ryan Vogelsong (W, 10-5), he lowered his ERA even more after seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly lasted five innings after allowing seven runs, while Brian Fuentes and Mitchell Boggs each allowed four runs out of the bullpen. Reliever Jose Mijares made his Giants debut on Thursday, giving up one hit, one walk, and one strikeout in one inning of work.

This marked the biggest beatdown the Giants have ever put on the Cardinals in St. Louis, and the worst since June 27, 1894, according to Andrew Baggarly.

Full box score can be found here.

Madison Bumgarner goes for the series win on Thursday against the Cardinals Adam Wainwright. First pitch is set for 10:45 a.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Melky Cabrera Contract Extension: Giants Table Talks Until Season's End, According To Report

According to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants rekindled talks of a contract extension outfield Melky Cabrera, but both sides have agreed to put those talks aside until after season when he will become a free agent.

The Giants are believed to have suggested a three-year deal along the lines of Carlos Quentin's new $27-million, three-year contract, though no official offer was made. Talks will resume after the year.

It was a short conversation, as Cabrera can't dislike testing the waters following a year that seems otherworldly. He had a very nice season with the Royals last year but has stepped up his game from there since the trade to San Francisco for lefthanded pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, who was a bust with the Royals.

Cabrera is having a career year with the Black and Orange, leading the National League with 152 hits and 78 runs, not to mention his impressive batting average of .353 along with 11 home runs and 56 RBI. He was also the MVP of the MLB All-Star Game.

Although this season could mean greener pastures for Cabrera somewhere besides San Francisco, the Giants will likely be willing to put up some cash for the Melkman, whom seems to like it in the Bay, is adored by the fans, and should be in position for playoff contention for the next few seasons at least if he stays.

At least we don't have to worry about the extension talks distracting Cabrera now that they have been shelved for the season.

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Giants Place Reliever Shane Loux On DL, Activate Jose Mijares

The San Francisco Giants have been playing a proverbial game of musical chairs in their bullpen seemingly all season long, which continued after their 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night as it was announced that reliever Shane Loux has once again hit the DL with his nagging neck injury, while San Francisco activated waiver-wire addition Jose Mijares to take Loux's spot.

Mijares had posted solid numbers with Kansas City this season before they let him walk, owning a 2.56 ERA in 51 appearances with 8.6 SO/9 and 3.0 BB/9.

As for Loux, he's seen time in just fourteen games this season for the Black and Orange. He's posted an unremarkable ERA of 5.66 with just 3.9 SO/9 and 2.6 BB/9. The right-hander has also seen time in eighteen games down on the farm this season, including one start.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals: Ryan Vogelsong Looks To Stay Hot In St. Louis

When asked who has the second best ERA in the major leagues, many are surprised to hear the name of San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. But the 35-year old journeyman takes the bump along with his 2.38 ERA against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday evening.

Vogelsong (9-5, 2.38 ERA) earned another victory in his last start after giving up four runs on five hits in his last outing, ending a streak of 15 straight quality starts.

He'd allowed four runs total in his last three starts combined, but had just one win to show for it. This is Vogey's first outing against St. Louis since May 31, 2011, when he gave up one run in five innings, getting a no decision.

St. Louis will send out Joe Kelly (2-4, 3.14). He allowed three runs on a season-high 10 hits in 5.2 innings in his last start, but still got credit for a 9-3 win. It was his first victory since June 22.

Buster Posey and Carlos Beltran continue to impress at the plate as Buster has hit five homers and scored 12 runs in his last six games, leading the majors with a .448 batting average and 30 RBIs since the All-Star break. Not to be outdone, Beltran is batting .308 with four homers during his current nine-game hitting streak.

First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals, Final Score: Buster Posey's 3 Run HR Lifts Giants 4-2

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey continues his second half tear, blasting a three-run home run in the first inning, paving the way for Barry Zito and the rest of the Black and Orange to win game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 4-2.

Zito (W, 9-8) allowed two solo shots to first baseman Allen Craig, allowing eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Jeremy Affeldt was solid out of the bullpen, getting last four outs for his third save in his last four attempts.

Joaquin Arias added an RBI double in the sixth to give the Giants a two-run cushion.

Lance Lynn (L, 13-5) allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings of work.

Posey now leads the major leagues with a .448 batting average and 30 RBIs since the All-Star break, including 12 over his last six games. Buster also owns a 11-game hitting streak, batting .431 in that span.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals: San Francisco Looks To Slow Down Lance Lynn

The San Francisco Giants have to regroup in a hurry after getting drubbed by the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night, getting All-Star Lance Lynn to contend with on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

Lynn (13-4, 3.40) is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts, allowing two runs or fewer in four of them. He has also won four of his last five starts at home, including 12 scoreless innings in his last two outings at Busch, both victories.Lynn did happen to struggle against the Giants, allowing five runs over 5.1 innings of a 12-7 loss at Busch back on June 2.

Barry Zito (8-8, 4.27) is on the opposite side of the spectrum, going 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up seven runs on six hits in 4.1 innings in his last start, a 9-1 loss to the New York Mets. Zito is 1-6 with a 5.23 ERA in eight career starts against the Cardinals, losing all three decisions in four games in St. Louis with a whopping ERA of 9.00.

Buster Posey and former Giant Carlos Beltran continue to shine as Buster is batting .458 with a .505 OBP since the all-star break, including sven home runs in that span as well. As for Beltran, he hit his NL leading 78th RBI last night with his 26th dinger of his own this season.

First ptich is set for 5:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals, Final Score: Carlos Beltran, Red Birds Thump Giants 8-2

Fresh off their sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the San Francisco Giants were feeling pretty good about themselves heading into St. Louis, but Jake Westbrook, Carlos Beltran and the rest of the Red Birds had other plans, beating the Giants down by the score of 8-2 at Busch Stadium

Angel Pagan's seventh homer of the season on the second pitch of the game off the Cards' Jake Westbrook got the Giants off on the right foot, but it didn't get much better from there. Matt Cain (L 10-5) would throw 114 pitches in just 5.2 innings of work, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, one of which came in the form at a Beltran homer in the second inning.

Buster Posey launched another solo shot of his own in the sixth, his 17th of the year, but the Bullpen couldn't keep the Red Birds caged, allowing another three runs in the seventh to seal the Giants' fate.

Westbrook (W 11-8) tossed six innings on the night, earning his fourth victory in a row on seven hits and four strikeouts. Beltran 26th homer of the year pushed him into the lead in the NL with 78 RBI.

All-Star Lance Lynn (13-4, 3.40) squares off with the struggling Barry Zito (8-8, 4.27) in the second game of the four-game set on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 5:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Cardinals: Game One Preview

The Giants and Cardinals come into their four-game series with identical records as both teams continue to look for momentum in the closing months of the season.

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