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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

August 20th, 2014 at 12:49 PM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants were dealt a cruel blow Tuesday night in Chicago as the Cubs grounds crew failed to fully cover the infield during a 15-minute rain delay during the bottom of the fifth. After the four-hour, 34-minute delay, the Cubs were awarded the victory 2-0 and the Giants were livid about everything.

The 4 1/2 innings were the minimum length for a regulation game, but the Giants lost the game in this rain-shortened contest and lost ground in the standings. The team filed an official protest with Major League Baseball following the loss. The orange and black are now 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

The Giants have now been shutout 14 times this season and five of them have taken place on the road. Ryan Vogelsong took the loss to drop his record to 7-9 and the Giants are now 16-14 in two-run games. Even with the loss Tuesday, the Giants have won five of their last seven games at Wrigley Field.

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San Francisco Giants-Chicago Cubs Series Preview

August 19th, 2014 at 9:05 AM
By Michael Almonte

After recording a winning 3-2 homestand, the San Francisco Giants open up a six-game road trip Tuesday night in Chicago against the Cubs.

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The 65-58 Giants remain 3.5 games out of first place in the National League West, while the 54-70 Cubs are in last place in the National League Central, 15.5 games out.

Ryan Vogelsong (7-8) takes the ball in the opener opposing Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1). Vogelsong is 5-5 all-time against the Cubs with a 5.75 ERA and 49 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

Wednesday night has Jake Peavy (1-3) taking on Edwin Jackson (6-13). Peavy has a 7-5 career record versus the Cubs with a 2.78 ERA and 92 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

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Thursday's series finale is a matchup between Madison Bumgarner (13-9) and Travis Wood (7-10). Bumgarner owns a 4-2 record facing the Cubs with a 2.36 ERA and 56 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm.

The Giants are 2-1 versus the Cubs this season and 11-15 overall against the NL Central. They are 7-6 on the road versus the NL Central and have a 33-26 overall road record this year.

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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

August 13th, 2014 at 4:02 PM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants snapped their five-game losing streak Wednesday afternoon with a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox that was highlighted by a seven-run explosion in the bottom of the seventh.

Jake Peavy, sporting a new number in 22, earned his first win in a Giants uniform after allowing four hits and one run in seven innings. The win snapped Peavy's 12-game losing streak and improves his overall record to 2-12 on the year. Peavy hadn't won a game since defeating the Toronto Blue Jays on April 25th and the Giants are now 1-3 in his starts this year.

The Giants received a huge break in the seventh when a call was overturned at home plate as Gregor Blanco was awarded home after White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers blocked homeplate. The last time the Giants scored seven runs in an inning was on August 17, 2012 when they scored eight in a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

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The last time the Giants scored seven runs at home in an inning took place during Game 2 of the 2010 World Series when they defeated the Texas Rangers 9-0. The last time they scored seven runs at home during the regular season occurred on September 7, 2008 when they scored 10 runs during a 11-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Orange and Black Sunday Inside Scoop

August 10th, 2014 at 9:36 PM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants are in danger of watching the Los Angeles Dodgers run away with the National League West crown after getting swept this weekend in Kansas City by the streaking Royals. The Giants lost their fourth straight game Sunday 7-4 and finished the 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record.

Tim Lincecum allowed seven hits and six runs in 3.1 innings to drop his record to 9-8 on the year. The Giants are 15-10 in his starts this season and team is 31-33 this year versus clubs with a winning record. The Royals stole five bases on the day, the most by a Giants opponent since the New York Mets stole seven bases on May 14, 2009.

The Giants are 4.5 games behind the Dodgers and 0.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second Wild Card spot. The Giants are entering a stretch where they will play 12 of their next 18 games at home and the team needs to start being dominate at AT&T Park if they want to catch the Dodgers. 

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

August 9th, 2014 at 12:07 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants have two games remaining on their current road trip and are 4-4 after dropping the series opener 4-2 to the Kansas City Royals Friday night. The orange and black are 7-6 this season during Interleague Play.

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They are 0-5 on the road against the American League this year and the Giants have won 13 of their last 17 games versus the AL Central. Madison Bumgarner threw a season-high 123 pitches in the loss to drop his record to 13-9 on the year. It was the second-highest of his career and the Giants are 14-11 in his starts this season.

The Giants committed three errors on the night and are tied for fifth in the Majors with 76 on the year. Prior to Friday's game, the Giants placed Brandon Belt on the 7-Day Concussion DL and recalled Matt Duffy from Double-A Richmond. This is Belt's second stint on the concussion DL after missing 12 games from his first stint. 

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Angel Pagan is back with the club and is 3-for-10 in his two games back. Pagan missed 44 games this season and the team went 18-26 in his absence. The Giants remain 3.5 games out of first place in the National League West, but are in a three-way tie for the two Wild Card spots. 

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