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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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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

July 19th, 2014 at 7:54 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are back in first place after winning their third consecutive game Saturday by defeating the Miami Marlins 5-3 and will go for the weekend sweep Sunday afternoon. The Giants currently own the best record in the National League.

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The Giants have scored 14 runs the first two games of the second half, while Tim Hudson recorded his first win since June 12th by throwing 7.1 innings and allowing just one run. The All-Star never threw more than 15 pitches in any inning, induced three double-plays and 11 groundouts to pad his record to 8-6 on the year.

Hudson has beaten the Marlins in five straight games dating back to July 30, 2011, when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves. The righty even earned his first RBI with the Giants by drawing a bases loaded walk in the top of the fourth and the team is now 12-6 in his starts this season.

Hunter Pence recorded his 35th multi-hit game and leads the NL in that department, while Pablo Sandoval has produced back-to-back multi-hit games. 

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San Francisco Giants-Miami Marlins Weekend Preview

July 18th, 2014 at 2:28 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants open up the second half of the season tonight with a seven-game road trip against two teams from the National League East that begins with a three-game series versus the Miami Marlins.

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The second place 52-43 Giants look to put behind a recent 10-22 stretch in their last 32 games, while the 44-50 Marlins reside in fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games out of first place.

All-Star Madison Bumganrer (10-7) gets the ball in the opener opposing Nathan Eovaldi (5-4). Bumgarner is 0-2 all-time versus the Marlins with a 5.09 ERA and 19 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm.

Saturday features a matchup between Tim Hudson (7-6) and Henderson Alvarez (6-4). Hudson owns a 14-4 career record against the Marlins with a 2.95 ERA and 121 strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm. 

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Sunday's series finale has Tim Lincecum (9-5) facing Brad Hand (0-2). Lincecum has a 2-2 career mark versus the Marlins with a 3.83 ERA and 46 strikeouts. First pitched is scheduled for 10:10 am.

The Giants are 11-6 this season versus the NL East, 3-0 on the road and 2-2 against the Marlins this year. They are 38-11 when scoring first and 17-14 in series openers.

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San Francisco Giants First Half Review

July 15th, 2014 at 10:05 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants enter the All-Star Break in great shape to make the playoffs for a third time in five years and capture an elusive World Series championship once again. The team sits in second place in the National League West with a 52-43 record and one game back of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The team has the fourth best record in the NL and even though they have struggled since June 8th by going 10-22 in their last 32 games, the orange and black are definitely contenders in the NL playoff race. The team is 28-25 at home and 24-18 on the road. 

The Giants offense has scored 373 runs, homered 83 times, smacked 23 triples, batting .243 as a team and has scored 149 runs with two outs. The pitching is showcasing a 3.40 ERA, while allowing 350 runs, 325 earned runs, 71 home runs, 714 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .241 batting average.

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The team is 38-11 when scoring first, 13-13 in one-run games, 7-2 in extra-innings, 25-13 in day games and 25-21 versus the NL West. They are 17-14 in series openers and 20-10 in series finales. The team has recorded eight shutouts and been shutout 10 times.

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