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Orange and Black Tuesday Inside Scoop

July 29th, 2014 at 10:05 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants dropped their fifth game in a row Monday night and were shutout for the second time in three games, losing 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants have been shutout 12 times this year and nine of them have occurred at home. The orange and black now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in the National League West.

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The Giants have lost 20 of their last 26 home games and are now 28-29 at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner took the loss after allowing six hits and five runs in four innings. His record now stands at 12-8 and the Giants are 13-10 in his starts this season.

Bumgarner has struggled at home this year for some reason, showcasing a 4-6 record with a 5.60 ERA in 11 starts, compared to a 8-2 mark on the road with a 1.75 ERA in 12 starts. The Giants are 29-25 this year versus opponents with a record above .500.

Michael Morse has struggled hitting the long ball at home and has not homered at 24 Willie Mays Plaza since May 15th. He is homerless in his last 38 home games and has one homer run since June 5th.

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San Francisco Giants-Pittsburgh Pirates Series Preview

July 28th, 2014 at 11:42 AM
By Michael Almonte

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.

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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.

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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.

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

July 26th, 2014 at 9:59 AM
By Michael Almonte

After going 5-2 on their road trip following the All-Star Break, the San Francisco Giants opened up a six-game homestand Friday night with huge weekend series against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, losing 8-1 in the opener and seeing their lead in the National League West cut to a half game. 

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Tim Lincecum entered the game having thrown five consecutive quality starts, a 27 scoreless inning streak at home and holding a 1.25 ERA at home since June 1. Lincecum was roughed up by the Dodgers, allowing nine hits and six runs in 4.1 innings to drop his record to 9-7 on the year.

The Freak yielded a career-high three triples on the night and has now surrendered nine triples this season, the most in the Majors. The Giants are 25-22 versus the NL West this year, 10-12 at home against them and 7-4 against the Dodgers this season. After this weekend series, the Giants will play the Dodgers six more times in the month of September.

Hector Sanchez suffered a mild concussion during Friday's game after taking a vicious foul tip to the mask in the third inning and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will be out for a little while. Sanchez is batting .196 this year with 32 hits, three home runs and 28 RBI's in 66 games.

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San Francisco Giants-Philadelphia Phillies Series Preivew

July 21st, 2014 at 12:21 PM
By Michael Almonte

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After taking two of three from the Miami Marlins, the San Francisco Giants open up a four-game series in the city of Brotherly Love against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 54-44 Giants are tied for first place in the National League West, while the 43-55 Phillies are in last place in the National League East, 11 games out of first.

Ryan Vogelsong (5-7) gets the ball in the opener opposing Cliff Lee (4-4). Vogelsong is 1-0 versus the Phillies with a 3.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm.

Tuesday night features a matchup between Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) and Roberto Hernandez (4-8). Petit is 1-2 this year as a starter with a 5.81 ERA in five starts and 23 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm.

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Wednesday night will see Madison Bumgarner (11-7) taking on A.J. Burnett (6-9). Bumgarner owns a 1-2 career record against the Phillies with a 4.05 ERA and 18 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm.

Thursday afternoon has Tim Hudson (8-6) squaring off against Cole Hamels (4-5). Hudson is 11-9 all-time versus the Phillies with a 3.72 ERA and 106 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 am.

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Orange and Black Monday Inside Scoop

July 21st, 2014 at 11:32 AM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15-Day DL Monday with right elbow inflammation and Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place Tuesday night in Philadelphia against the Phillies. It's the fourth time in a year Cain will be placed on the disabled list. 

Cain is 2-7 this season with a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts, while allowing 81 hits, 47 runs, 42 earned runs, 13 home runs and 70 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. Opponents are batting .242 against him and the Giants are 5-10 in his starts this season. Cain has received a lack of run support this year as the team has scored two runs or more in just four of his 15 starts this year.

The Giants placed Brandon Belt on the seven-day DL with a concussion Sunday, while recalling George Kontos and Adam Duvall from Triple-A Fresno on Monday.

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting the Giants have signed second baseman Dan Uggla to a minor league contract and he will have a physical Tuesday before joining the Fresno Grizzlies. Uggla was released by the Atlanta Braves on Monday after batting .162 this year with two home runs and 10 RBI's in 48 games. 

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