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

Punchless Giants need bats to come alive in D.C.
May 2, 2011, 1:48 pm
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May 2, 2011

GIANTS (13-14) vs.

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.

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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.