Giants need runs in Game 2 against Pirates


Giants need runs in Game 2 against Pirates

Aug. 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH (55-59) vs.
GIANTS (63-53)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' once-solid pitching staff fell apart during a 10-game losing skid, but they finally found a lineup they could handle in their opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Madison Bumgarner knows all too well about his team's offensive struggles.

Support has been hard to come by for Bumgarner, who tries to continue a stretch of solid pitching at home while hoping for some help Tuesday night as the Giants and Pirates continue this three-game set.

The sixth-best ERA in the majors (3.32) had Pittsburgh (55-59) in the thick of the NL Central race through July 28, but a staff that seemed to be maximizing its talent bottomed out over the next 10 days. The Pirates gave up 82 runs - 20 more than any other MLB team - during a 10-game skid that dropped them from 1 12 games out of first place to 10 back.

Pittsburgh got back to what had it in contention to begin with Monday night. Charlie Morton pitched eight strong innings and the Pirates went 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position in a 5-0 win.

"All in all, it was one of the better games we've had the last couple weeks," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's a good start. It's all we could do tonight to go play a complete ballgame."

The Giants (63-53) couldn't get a hit in 10 tries with runners on second or third - they're 4 for 40 in their last five games - though their lineup was hardly intimidating. Carlos Beltran sat out because of a strained right hand and wrist, an injury that isn't believed to be serious but prompted a precautionary MRI.

"As soon as I feel I can swing the bat, I'll be out there," Beltran said. "There are injuries where you can go out there and be under control. Swinging the bat is a huge part of the game. Throwing the ball is a huge part of the game."

He received treatment for the inflammation all day Monday and plans to test the hand with some simulation exercises Tuesday, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to return.

San Francisco certainly could use his help. The club still leads Arizona by one-half game in the NL West, but it has averaged 2.0 runs during a 2-9 stretch.

"This has been going on for a while and we need to do something about it," manager Bruce Bochy said of the Giants' offensive struggles. "It's not going to happen until we do come through with some clutch hitting."

A lack of support is nothing new to Bumgarner (6-11, 3.71 ERA), who's been given 2.73 runs per nine innings - third-worst in the majors.

The Giants have scored one run or fewer in 11 of his 23 starts, and they didn't give him any help Thursday. The left-hander held Philadelphia to two solo homers over eight innings - striking out nine - but lost 3-0, falling to 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in three home outings since the All-Star break.

"Eight innings of great work by Bum," Bochy told the Giants' official website. "He should feel good about that outing."

Bumgarner fared well in his lone career start against the Pirates, holding them to one run over six innings at PNC Park on April 27. But again, San Francisco failed to score in a 2-0 loss.

James McDonald (7-5, 4.23) was the winner that day, limiting the Giants to four hits over six innings.

He gave up four hits Thursday against the Cubs as well, but they inflicted much more damage. Three left the park, and the right-hander ended up without a decision in Pittsburgh's 7-6 loss.

McDonald's road ERA (5.53) is nearly 2.5 runs higher than at home (3.08).

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

Report: 76ers captivated by potential reunion with Andre Iguodala

With the ninth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select ... Andre Iguodala.

The 76ers are captivated by a potential reunion with the soon-to-be free agent, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Iguodala? 

Iguodala spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philly.

He averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 615 games (all starts).

In 2012 -- his final season with the 76ers -- he was an All-Star.

In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to Denver.

After the Nuggets lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2013, he landed with the Warriors.

According to ESPN's report, the 76ers are one of seven teams -- Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Jazz -- interested in Iguodala.

The 2015 Finals MVP will turn 34 years old in January.

A week ago, Iguodala called into KBLX 102.9 FM and said the following:

"Business is business so you gotta do your due diligence. And I'll let my people do their thing, see how that goes. The Bay has been special to me, so you always have your perfect situation and hopefully that gets done.

"I'm gonna let my people do their job. And I just want everybody to be respectful of that and not get too emotional about it because I've been getting hit up crazy and I haven't said anything."

Iguodala has earned over $120 million in his career.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

A's lineup: Lowrie back batting third, Maxwell behind the dish

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's-White Sox coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After sweeping the White Sox, the A's look to carry that momentum over to Houston when they face the division-leading Astros. Bob Melvin has issued his lineup for the series opener.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (R) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) 2B
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Sean Manaea -- LHP

Chicago White Sox:
1. George Springer (R) RF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS
4. Evan Gattis (R) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
8. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
Mike Fiers -- RHP