The San Francisco Giants are fresh off a 9th inning collapse Tuesday night, while the St. Louis Cardinals enter tonight's meeting fresh off a walk-off victory of their own. Now these two turn their attention to one another as the The G-Men and Cards get ready for battle at AT&T Park.
Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for San Francisco, looking to bounce back after having his five-game win streak broken by the Arizona Cardinals his last time out. The D-backs are the lone team to beat the big lefty this year (twice in fact), though has given up just six earned runs in his other five starts this season.
He will square off against the diminutive Jaime Garcia, who has been getting hit a bit harder as of late. He's given up 11 runs in his last 11.2 innings pitched, with six of those coming in the first inning of his starts.
Injuries have been an issue for both clubs this season. Carlos Beltran, the Giants midseason acquisition last season, is looking likely for this series after missing the last two starts with a sore right knee, while Lance Berkman is making his way back from a calf injury that sidelined him for a few weeks on the DL. As for center fielder Jon Jay, he was placed on the DL a few days ago with a sprained shoulder.
As for the already short-handed Giants, infielder Joaquin Arias was lucky that his X-rays were negative after taking a pitch right off his left wrist last night against Colorado.
First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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