Punchless Giants need bats to come alive in D.C.

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Punchless Giants need bats to come alive in D.C.

May 2, 2011

GIANTS (13-14) vs.
WASHINGTON (13-14)

Coverage begins at 3:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants haven't given much run support to their starting pitchers recently. That's especially true in the case of Madison Bumgarner.

San Francisco looks to end its offensive woes Monday night when it completes a four-game set against the host Washington Nationals.

The Giants (13-14) have scored two runs or fewer in seven of their last 10 games after falling 5-2 to Washington (13-14) on Sunday. San Francisco also has lost seven of 10 and has totaled four runs while dropping two of the first three in this series.

Making matters worse, the Giants learned over the weekend that leading hitter Pablo Sandoval is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his right wrist.

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"One thing I know is nobody is going to feel sorry for us," shortstop Miguel Tejada said Sunday. "We have to continue to play hard. When we get hot, we won't feel sorry for nobody.

"We need to start hitting. Hopefully it starts tomorrow."

Nate Schierholtz's two-run double in the second inning accounted for San Francisco's only scoring Sunday. He started in place of Cody Ross, who is hitting .176 in 10 games since being activated from the disabled list.

REWIND: Giants offense quiet again in loss to Nats

Bumgarner (0-4, 6.17 ERA) has felt the brunt of the weak Giants offense, getting a single run of support in his four losses combined.

In his best start of the season, the left-hander allowed one run through six innings and struck out a season-high seven Wednesday, but San Francisco lost 2-0 against Pittsburgh.

"I'm not concerned about him," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's official website. "He's had really good stuff. You have to remember where he's at. He's a young kid and he's probably pressing a little bit."

Bumgarner beat the Nationals 6-2 on July 11 in his only career start against them, allowing one run in six-plus innings.

Despite their struggles in this series, the Giants have won 16 of 22 against the Nationals.

Washington's Tom Gorzelanny (0-2, 3.97 ERA) takes the mound Monday looking to remain unbeaten against the Giants. The left-hander pitched his only career shutout against San Francisco on Aug. 12, 2007, while with Pittsburgh.

Gorzelanny is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in four career starts versus the Giants and is looking to build off a solid performance in his most recent outing. He allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings Wednesday in the Nationals' 6-3 loss to the New York Mets.

Ivan Rodriguez had a two-run single in the eighth inning Sunday, and Jayson Werth went 3 for 4. The Nationals, however, have endured their own offensive struggles, hitting .229 on the season - second-worst in the majors to San Diego - and averaging 3.0 runs in their last 11 games.

With Ryan Zimmerman expected to miss six weeks with an abdominal tear, manager Jim Riggleman expects the rest of the lineup to step up.

"I think our guys are pushing and working and doing everything we can to get it going," Riggleman told the team's official website. "We've got a lot of guys who've got a lot of time in the league and are professional hitters, and we're just going to have to come out of it."

Alex Cora, who has split time with Jerry Hairston in Zimmerman's spot at third base, went 2 for 4 with an RBI on Sunday.

Instant Replay: Kings battle in Boston, but come up short vs Celtics

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Instant Replay: Kings battle in Boston, but come up short vs Celtics

BOX SCORE

Sacramento fell to 1-2 on their six-game road trip and 7-12 overall Friday night when they lost to the Boston Celtics by a final of 97-92 at TD Garden. 

Al Horford showed a new wrinkle to his game, stepping out and hitting 4-of-7 from long range. The veteran big finished the night with 26 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Celtics as they improved to 11-8 on the season.

Former Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas started off slowly, but still managed to drop in 20 points and hand out seven assists. 

Jae Crowder added 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and Avery Bradley hit the Kings for 15 points and nine rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins came into the contest with four straight games of 30 points or more, tying Kings greats Chris Webber and Mitch Richmond for the Sacramento-era record. The Kings All-Star center fell just short of setting a new high, finishing the night with 28 points and nine rebounds in the loss.  

Darren Collison quietly posted a solid night, dropping in 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting and Rudy Gay squeaked out a tough 13 points and eight rebounds, but the second unit was the real story of this game for Sacramento.

Matt Barnes came off the bench to stuff the stat sheet. The 36-year-old veteran scored 12 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, handed out five assists and swiped two steals in 31 minutes of action with the second unit. He was active from the moment he stepped on the court.

Barnes wasn’t the only one off the bench to make a huge impact. Willie Cauley-Stein ran the floor and his teammates found him for easy baskets at the rim. He finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting. Omri Casspi ran the floor and launched from three on his way to seven points and five rebounds.

Ty Lawson handed out four assists and scored eight points, while Garrett Temple played stellar defense as the Kings bench outscored the Celtics bench 33-12. 

STANDOUT PERFORMER 

Horford burned the Kings early and he burned them late. He ran the floor, blocked shots and played tough defense all night.

TURNING POINT 

With 7:08 remaining, Cousins caught an elbow near the right eye and had to leave the game to get treatment. He returned a little over two minutes later, but the Celtics had already pushed the lead to eight. Sacramento drew to within three late, but didn’t get a foul call on a blocked 3-point attempt from Cousins inside of 10 seconds to play. 

INJURY UPDATE 

Cousins likely needed stitches, but the Kings’ training staff used temporary glue to close the wound and taped him up which allowed him to return to the floor.

WHAT'S NEXT  

Sacramento continues their shortened five-game road trip when they take on the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. They have a two-day break before facing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center.

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with two of them. 

Right-hander Cory Gearrin will get $1.05 million and infielder Ehire Adrianza will receive $600,000, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Giants will exchange figures with George Kontos, Will Smith, Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie. They traditionally have avoided going to actual arbitration hearings. 

Gearrin, Kontos and Smith will make up a chunk of the bullpen next season, while Nunez is expected to start at third base. Gillaspie, the postseason hero, should see more playing time and Adrianza is currently slated to return in his familiar bench role. 

The day was smoother for the Giants than other NL West teams. The Diamondbacks non-tendered Welington Castillo and Rubby De La Rosa and the Padres later sent mini shockwaves through the market by non-tendering former ace Tyson Ross, who is coming off a season lost to injury. Ross was one of six Padres to be let go, a list that included former Giant Hector Sanchez.