The San Francisco Giants will look to bounce back tonight after getting swept over the weekend by the Los Angeles Dodgers as they welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to town for a three-game series.
The 57-48 Giants are now 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the National League West, while the 55-49 Pirates are three games out in the National League Central and in third place.
Madison Bumgarner (12-7) gets the ball in the opener opposing Vance Worley (3-1). Bumgarner owns a 1-2 career record versus the Pirates with a 1.17 ERA and 22 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Tuesday night is a matchup between Tim Hudson (8-7) and Francisco Liriano (2-7). Hudson is 6-7 all-time against the Pirates with a 3.18 ERA and 66 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Wednesday afternoon features Tim Lincecum (9-7) taking on Charlie Morton (5-10). Lincecum is 2-4 facing the Pirates with a 4.86 ERA and 58 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 pm.
The Pirates took two of three from the Giants in Pittsburgh back in early May and the Giants are 9-11 versus the NL Central this year. They are 3-7 at home against them. The Pirates are led by 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, who is batting .312 with 121 hits, 17 home runs, 63 RBI's and 16 stolen bases in 102 games.
Lincecum is 4-2 this season in day games with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts and the Giants are 24-16 in afternoon contests. They are 42-12 when scoring first. Following the three-game series, the Giants will have Thursday off before embarking on a 10-game road trip starting Friday night in New York against the Mets.
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