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Orange and Black Wednesday Inside Scoop

August 27th, 2014 at 11:27 PM
By Michael Almonte

Buster Posey recorded his second-career walk-off home run Wednesday night, giving the San Francisco Giants a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on a night filled with milestones. Posey has 23 RBI's in the 7th inning or later this season and has been on a tear the last seven games, batting .484 with five home runs and 10 RBI's.

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Tim Hudson achieved an incredible accomplishment during the top of the sixth, striking out Franklin Morales for his 2,000th career strikeout. Hudson is the fourth active pitcher to reach this feat, joining CC Sabathia, Bartolo Colon and A.J. Burnett. He also joins Sabathia and Colon as the only active pitchers with 200 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy notched his 1,600th career managerial win and passes former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda for 19th place. Bochy's 1,600 wins are the most wins among National League West managers all-time. He is also the 12th manager in history with 1,600 wins and two World Series championships. Ten of those managers were elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Orange and Black Tuesday Inside Scoop

August 26th, 2014 at 8:18 AM
By Michael Almonte

After a 3-3 road trip, the San Francisco Giants opened up their seven-game homestand with a sloppy loss Monday night, dropping the series opener 3-2 to the Colorado Rockies. The team committed four errors, a balk and grounded into four double-plays.

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The Giants have recorded seven errors in their last four games and the Rockies have won four straight games at AT&T Park. The team is 4-8 versus the Rockies this season, 25-25 against the National League West and 10-15 at home facing their division rivals. The Giants are 15-20 in one-run games.

Before Monday's game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team will skip Tim Lincecum's next start and Yusmeiro Petit will replace him on Thursday. Lincecum has struggled his last six starts, going 1-3 with a 9.96 ERA. On the year, he is 10-9 with a 4.64 ERA in 27 starts and the team is 16-11 in his starts this year.

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As a starter, Petit is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA in six starts and opponents are batting .276 against him, while going 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 27 games as a reliever. He is holding the opposition to a .177 batting average. The club also made a roster move by calling up George Kontos and optioning Adam Duvall back to Triple-A Fresno.

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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

August 23rd, 2014 at 10:24 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants snapped the Washington Nationals 10-game winning streak Friday night with a 10-3 beat down in the series opener led by a great performance from Joe Panik.

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Panik was 4-for-5 on the night and recorded his first Major League home run and is batting .563 (9-for-16) on the current six-game road trip. During the month of August, Panik is batting .429 with 27 hits in 17 games and has pretty much locked down second base.

The Giants have had their struggles with the Nationals since 2011, going 9-14 heading into the series opener and dropped three of four to them back in June. The Giants love playing the National League East this season, recording a 22-10 mark and 12-3 road record versus them.

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The Giants are 16-16 since the All-Star Break and 12-9 on the road. Angel Pagan is day-to-day with a calf cramp. Tim Hudson earned the win to even up his record at 9-9 and the Giants are 15-9 in his starts this year.

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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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