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


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

May 2, 2011

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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.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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