Giants can't solve Kershaw, Dodgers win 6-1


Giants can't solve Kershaw, Dodgers win 6-1

April 11, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- The mystery of Clayton Kershaw remained unsolved by the Giants on Monday.The Dodgers' 23-year-old southpaw ace, who carried a 1.46 career ERA against San Francisco into this, his fourth year in the big leagues, shut down the reigning world champions for the second time this season to lead Los Angeles to a 6-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park.Kershaw, who beat Tim Lincecum on Opening Day in Southern California with seven shutout innings of four-hit work with nine strikeouts and a walk, was similarly dominant Monday while rolling ground ball after ground ball.In holding the Giants to six hits and two walks while striking out seven over 6 23 shutout innings, Kershaw extended his steak of consecutive scoreless frames against San Francisco to 23 23.The Giants, meanwhile, got yet another in a string of uneven outings from Madison Bumgarner that dates back to spring training, which he closed by getting cuffed around by the A's in the annual Bay Bridge exhibition series.Having been bounced from his regular-season debut after three laborious innings (three runs on five hits and three walks on 73 pitches) in San Diego, Bumgarner, a 21-year-old left-hander who starred during last fall's stretch drive and postseason, allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings against the Dodgers to fall to 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.Jamey Carroll paced Los Angeles with three hits, Andre Ethier chipped in with a pair of run-scoring singles, Matt Kemp reached base three times and stole his seventh bag in 10 games, and Rod Barajas opened the Dodgers' decisive four-run fifth inning with his second homer of the season.Aubrey Huff was the only Giant with more than one hit off Kershaw, who improved to 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA for the season. Pat Burrell broke up the shutout with a home run to open the ninth inning, his team-high fourth long ball of the year.

Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez doubled to lead off the seventh for the Giants, who won their second straight and third of five. Denard Span sacrificed him to third and Belt drove a ball to left field that Starling Marte seemed to have trouble finding. It fell in front of him, allowing Gomez to score.

Adam Frazier drove in a run for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in five following a six-game winning streak.

Samardzija (5-11) allowed a run and four hits, striking out eight and walking two in winning for the first time since July 2. He had allowed 12 runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams pitched well, allowing a run and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Tony Watson (5-3) pitched the seventh and took the loss.

Hunter Strickland pitched a spotless eighth and Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Each pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the early going. Samardzija struck out Josh Bell to open the second and then allowed four consecutive baserunners, including Frazier's double. He helped himself with a bare-handed grab of high hopper to record an out at the plate.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the first, with Brandon Crawford driving in a run on a groundout.

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (hamstring) is resuming baseball activities. He is hitting and playing catch and riding on a stationary bike. ... Austin Meadows, the Pirates' top prospect, has been hitting and throwing and is scheduled to resume playing games next week.

Giants: OF Carlos Moncrief had his contract purchased from Sacramento and will be used as a pinch-hitter and spot starter. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (blister) threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session before the game. He's scheduled to throw again Friday and if all goes well, will likely return to action. ... RHP Mark Melancon (right pronater strain) threw 30 pitches before the game and will throw again in Los Angeles either another bullpen or to hitters. He could start a rehab assignment soon after.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.92 ERA) gets the call in Friday's series opener at San Diego. He's won his only start against the Padres.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (3-10, 5.82 ERA) starts the series opener at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. He's 2-2 in four career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez's stint with the San Francisco Giants lasted just under a year.

After the Giants acquired the infielder from the Twins on July 28, 2016, they shipped him off to Boston for two minor league pitchers on July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, the day after Nuñez was traded mid-game, he went to Instagram to thank the Giants' organization and the fans for his year in San Francisco. 

Between the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Nuñez slashed .293./331/.417 and swiped 31 bags. 

The Giants and his teammates also took to social media to thank Nuñez for his time.