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San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers Weekend Preview

September 12th, 2014 at 12:44 AM
By Michael Almonte

All eyes will be on AT&T Park this weekend when the San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a much anticipated series with first place in the National League West on the line. The Giants lead the season series 7-6 over their rivals, but are just 2-4 at home against them.

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The 81-65 Giants trail the 83-63 Dodgers by two games in the NL West and both teams enter the series with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. The Giants have won a season-high nine straight games at home and have won 12 of their last 15 games overall. The Giants own a 41-35 home record, while the Dodgers showcase a 43-28 mark on the road.

A pair of lefties take the stage in the series opener tonight as Madison Bumgarner (17-9) faces Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-6). Bumgarner owns a career 10-4 record versus the Dodgers with a 2.54 ERA and 87 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Saturday night features a matchup between Tim Hudson (9-10) and Zack Greinke (14-8). Hudson has a lifetime 6-4 record against the Dodgers with a 3.46 ERA and 68 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm.

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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

September 10th, 2014 at 11:00 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants have regained their home mojo back after winning their eighth straight game at AT&T Park Wednesday night, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0. It was the Giants 11th shutout of the season and eighth at home.

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Ryan Vogelsong earned a no-decision in the win after allowing zero runs, two hits, three strikeouts and five walks in 6.2 innings. The Giants are 14-15 in his starts this year and Vogelsong recorded his 10th quality home start of the season, which leads the club.

The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Giants erupted for four runs in the inning, highlighted by a pinch-hit two-run RBI double by Matt Duffy. The Giants have won 11 of their last 13 home games and have outscored their opponents 52-12 during their season-high eight straight home wins. The Giants are batting .370 with runners in scoring position in their last 11 home games.

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San Francisco Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks Series Preview

September 9th, 2014 at 8:07 AM
By Michael Almonte

After going 3-3 on the road trip, the San Francisco Giants return home for a crucial six-game homestand with 19 games left in the season. The Giants will finish the year playing the National League West and begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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The 78-65 Giants are 3.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers, while the 59-84 Diamondbacks sit in fourth place in the division. The Giants are 30-27 versus the NL West, 13-15 facing them at home and 8-5 on the year against the Diamondbacks. They are 3-3 at home against Arizona.

Yusmeiro Petit (4-3) gets the ball in the series opener tonight opposing Wade Miley (7-10). Petit has a 2-1 career record versus the Diamondbacks with a 2.57 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Wednesday night features Ryan Vogelsong (8-10) taking on Josh Collmenter (10-7). Vogelsong is 3-5 lifetime facing Arizona with a 4.67 ERA and 72 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

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Thursday afternoon will be a battle between Jake Peavy (4-4) and Randall Delgado (3-3). Peavy owns a 14-12 record against the Diamondbacks with a 4.57 ERA and 201 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 pm.

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Orange and Black Thursday Inside Scoop

September 4th, 2014 at 10:55 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants lost two of three to the Colorado Rockies that ended with a 9-2 loss Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Vogelsong allowed a career-high four home runs on the day and his record dropped to 8-10 on the year. The Giants are 13-15 in his starts this year and the team finished the season going 9-10 versus the Rockies.

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Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 16-games and is batting .447 in his last 10 games, smacking 17 hits, 10 RBI's and scored 11 runs. Buster Posey is batting .491 in his last 13 games with 28 hits, six home runs and 20 RBI's. The Giants are 30-27 versus the National League West and 19 of their last 22 games are against their division rivals.

The orange and black are 76-64, two games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers with six meetings left to go this year. Angel Pagan was a late scratch Wednesday with a stiff back, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects him to be ready for the series opener Friday night in Detroit against the Tigers.

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

August 30th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight game Friday night a 13-2 whooping over the Milwaukee Brewers in the series opener. The 13-runs are a season high for the Giants and they smacked 19 hits on the night.

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Buster Posey was 5-for-5 last night and is batting .487 during his recent hot stretch. He is 19-for-39 with 20 hits, 11 RBI's and scored 10 runs. Posey is the first Giants catcher since Gary Carter to go 5-for-5 in a game since he accomplished this feat on July 7, 1990 in a 10-9 Giants win over the Chicago Cubs. Posey's batting average has increased from .278 to .297 the past nine games.

It was Posey's second career five-hit game after having one last season on July 8 against the New York Mets. Posey joins a list of Giants with five-hit games that includes Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Deivi Cruz, Terrell Lowery, Eddie Milner, Doug Mirabelli, Steve Scaresone, Terry Whitfield and Willie Mays.

Speaking of Pence, he extended his hitting streak to 11-games and Joe Panik matched a season-high with four hits. Angel Pagan recorded his seventh three-hit game of the season. The 19 hits are the most at AT&T Park since the Giants crushed 20 on August 14, 2001 in a 13-6 win over the Florida Marlins.

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