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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:44 AM
By Michael Almonte

For the second straight series, the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of getting swept and will look to salvage the series finale in Colorado this afternoon against the Rockies.

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The Giants lost another one-run game last night 2-1 as Madison Bumgarner tossed his first complete game of the season and third of his career. It was the first time he suffered a lost while throwing a complete gem.

Bumgarner became the second pitcher to throw a complete game at Coors Field by allowing two runs or fewer and receive a losing decision. He joins Jason Jennings of the 2006 Rockies to lose in similar fashion.

The Giants are 1-for-19 this series with runners in scoring position and are batting just .231 on the year. The orange and black need to correct this matter soon if they want to win games and help their pitching out.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Tuesday that Brandon Belt could become the team's No. 3 hitter in the lineup and provide a "stabilizing" presence for the club in that spot. 

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Orange and Black Tuesday Inside Scoop

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:45 AM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants have placed left-handed pitcher David Huff on the 15-Day DL and recalled outfielder Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno.

During the Giants 8-2 loss Monday night to the Colorado Rockies, Huff left the game with a quad strain in the top of the third after recording his first career hit.

Huff was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in eight games, allowing five hits, three runs, one home run, two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. The opposition was batting .200 off him. 

The Giants surrendered five home runs to the Rockies on Monday, the first time in a game since allowing six home runs on May 19, 2010 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants lost that game 13-1. 

Ryan Vogelsong has struggled this season for the Giants, producing a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA in four starts. He has yielded 24 hits, 14 runs, five home runs, eight walks and 11 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. The Giants are 2-2 in his starts and the opposition has a .348 batting average against him.

 

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

April 19th, 2014 at 9:56 AM
By Michael Almonte

After a 5-4 homestand, the San Francisco Giants began their six-game road trip Friday night with a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.

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The Giants have now played in eight straight one-run games, the most since an eight-game stretch back in 1910 from August 11th-17th when they were the New York Giants. The team is 4-4 in these one-run games and 5-5 overall.

For the second straight outing, Giants pitcher Matt Cain pitched a hell of game by throwing seven strong innings, but the offense failed to score him any runs. The team is 0-4 in his starts. The Giants have struggled mightily with runners in scoring position the past eight games, going 7-for-56 in these key situations.

Brandon Belt provided the Giants lone run on Friday night, smacking his sixth homer of the season and the lefty has homered in all four stadiums he has played this season. Chase Field, Dodger Stadium, AT&T Park and he can add Petco Park to his list.

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For the Giants offense to start picking up again, Pablo Sandoval needs to become a threat in the lineup. The Panda is batting .179 with 12 hits, two home runs and six RBI's in 17 games. The Giants will not be contenders this season if Sandoval continues to struggle.

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San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers Preview

April 15th, 2014 at 2:38 PM
By Michael Almonte

Baseball's best west coast rivalry renews the next three nights at AT&T Park when the 8-5 San Francisco Giants and 9-4 Los Angeles Dodgers square off in a three-game series.

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The Giants took two of three from the Dodgers two weeks ago in Los Angeles and will look to win the series once again.

Tonight's matchup features a pair of former all-stars in Tim Lincecum (0-1) and Josh Beckett (0-0). Lincecum owns a 9-6 career record against the Dodgers with a 2.92 ERA and 140 strikeouts, First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Wednesday night has Ryan Vogelsong (0-0) taking on Paul Maholm (0-1). Vogelsong is 4-3 lifetime versus the Dodgers with a 4.15 ERA and 51 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Thursday's series finale is an all lefty battle between Madison Bumgarner (2-0) and Hyun-Jih Ryu (2-1). Bumgarner is 9-3 facing the Dodgers with a 2.60 ERA and 73 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 pm.

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The Dodgers enter the series with a 7-1 road record, while the Giants are 3-3 at home. The Giants will see two left-handed pitchers this series and are 3-2 versus lefties this season. 

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Orange and Black Monday Inside Scoop

April 14th, 2014 at 1:14 PM
By Michael Almonte

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San Francisco Giants fans better get ready for another long season filled with one-run games and dramatic finishes. The team has played four straight one-run games and six overall. The orange and black are 3-3 in those tight affairs. 

The Giants and Colorado Rockies played three close games this weekend, that was capped off Sunday with another thrilling game. Brandon Crawford smacked his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give the Giants a 5-4 win and take two of three from the Rockies. It was Crawford's first splash hit into McCovey Cove and the 64th splash homer at AT&T Park.

Tim Hudson pitched another beauty for the Giants, who are 3-0 when he starts and Hudson has yet to surrender a walk this season in 23.0 innings. Speaking of another Giants pitcher, during the team's 6-5 win on Friday night, Madison Bumgarner drilled his first career grand slam and third homer of his career. He became the first Giants pitcher to smack a grand slam since Shawn Estes on May 24, 2000 against the Montreal Expos. Bumgarner like Estes on that night finished with five RBI's. 

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