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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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San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies Weekend Preview

April 11th, 2014 at 9:43 AM
By Michael Almonte

After dropping two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 6-4 San Francisco Giants welcome the 5-5 Colorado Rockies to AT&T Park this weekend for a three-game series.

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The Giants were 10-9 versus the Rockies last year and 7-2 at home against their National League West rivals. The Rockies did outscore the Giants 88-87 a season ago. 

A pair of lefties take the mound tonight in the first "Orange Friday" at the ballpark when Madison Bumgarner (1-0) faces Jorge De La Rosa (0-1). Bumgarner is 7-5 against the Rockies with a 3.09 ERA and 70 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.

Saturday afternoon features a matchup between Matt Cain (0-1) and Brett Anderson (0-2). Cain owns a 17-7 career record with a 3.21 ERA and 179 strikeouts against Colorado. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.

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Sunday's series finale will have Tim Hudson (2-0) and Jordan Lyles (2-0) duking it out. Hudson has a 5-2 mark versus the Rockies with a 4.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.

Giants left fielder Michael Morse has an eight-game hitting streak going and has recorded at least one RBI in seven of his last eight games. Angel Pagan enters Friday's game with a 10-game hitting streak.

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Orange and Black Thursday Inside Scoop

April 10th, 2014 at 9:23 AM
By Michael Almonte

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum did something for the first time in his career on Wednesday night by allowing two home runs and two triples in a game at AT&T Park.

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Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continues to own Lincecum as he smacked a three-run home run and finished a double away from the cycle in the Diamondbacks 7-3 win Wednesday night. The home run marked the 22nd time an opposing right-handed hitter homered to AT&T Park's right field.

Goldschmidt is batting .542 (13-for-24) with seven home runs and 17 RBI's versus Lincecum. After both teams split the first two games, the rubber matchup take places tonight at 7:15 pm.

Angel Pagan has been the Giants catalyst and igniter, producing a nine-game hitting streak to begin the season and has recorded seven multi-hit games in nine contests.

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The Giants have scored 13 runs in the first inning and Brandon Belt became the first Giant since 2003 to homer five times through the first eight games. Jose Cruz Jr. last accomplished this feat during his only season with the Giants as he drilled 20 home runs and won the Gold Glove award that season.

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