Wounded Giants hand ball to Lincecum vs. Brewers


Wounded Giants hand ball to Lincecum vs. Brewers

May 27, 2011

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(AP) -- Shaun Marcum has been the ace on a Milwaukee Brewers team that's recorded three straight sweeps at Miller Park while putting together the best home record in the major leagues.The San Francisco Giants may have the answer for that in Tim Lincecum.Coming off a dominant effort, Lincecum will take the mound for the Giants against Marcum, who seeks his NL-leading seventh win in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Lincecum (4-4, 2.06 ERA) is coming off a game manager Bruce Bochy said "has got to be right up there with his best performance." The right-hander pitched a three-hitter and struck out six in a 3-0 win over Oakland on Saturday.
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Lincecum threw 133 pitches, the second-highest total of his career, but didn't seem fazed."I think it just goes back to having good rhythm throughout the game. Not expending yourself too much to allow yourself, if you get into a jam, to take it to another level," he said.The two-time NL CY Young Award winner has a 60-31 career record, but among NL foes, Lincecum has losing marks only against Washington and Milwaukee. He's 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA in seven starts versus the Brewers, with both wins coming in his last two visits to Wisconsin as he held Milwaukee to one run and eight hits with 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.
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Lincecum is 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in four starts this month, and he now gets to face a Brewers team that has won six in a row overall."It's going to be a big challenge," Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder said. "They're a great team, but we've been playing good. Hopefully we can come out on top."Fielder is 4 for 14 with five strikeouts and left fielder Ryan Braun is 6 for 18 with two homers against Lincecum.Following sweeps of Pittsburgh and Colorado at home, Milwaukee took its third straight from the Nationals with a 6-4 win Wednesday and moved to 19-6 on its own field. The Brewers are one short of the franchise record for the longest home winning streak set July 8-29, 1979.
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"I felt all along our team would go on a roll somewhere," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I didn't know where it would be or when it would be."Roenicke will look to Marcum (6-1, 2.37) to keep the roll going. The right-hander hasn't lost in nine games since his season debut and has surrendered one run or fewer six times.He gave up a run, four hits and had a season high-tying eight strikeouts in eight innings of a 3-2 win against the Rockies on Saturday.In his only other start against the Giants, Marcum didn't receive a decision after allowing two runs and five walks in five innings for Toronto in a 9-6 loss June 20.One player Marcum won't face this time is Buster Posey. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is likely lost for the season after breaking his left leg in a home plate collision Wednesday in a loss to Florida.Minus Posey on Thursday, the Giants (27-22) dropped their third straight, 1-0 to the Marlins. Eli Whiteside was 0 for 2 as Posey's replacement."That's our cleanup hitter and one of the best hitters in baseball. I'll do my best and play my game, but I'm not going to try to be Buster Posey," Whiteside said.San Francisco swept a four-game set at Milwaukee in July and has taken seven of the last eight meetings there.

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start

Bumgarner throws three innings of no-hit ball in first rehab start


Madison Bumgarner was back on the bump Sunday night in a Giants jersey for the first time since being placed on the DL due to a dirt bike accident on April 21.

Bumgarner took the mound for the Arizona Rookie League Giants against the Arizona Rookie League Angels and did not allow a hit in three innings pitched. The Giants' ace also struck out two and walked one. 

In both the first and third innings, Bumgarner pitched a perfect three up and three down frame. 

Bumgarner was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of his left throwing shoulder and sustained bruised ribs from his dirt bike accident on an off day in Colorado. Pitching in a game for the first time in over two months, Bumgarner was throwing between 88-91 miles per hour, according to Tommy Stokke of FanRagSports. 

After finishing his three innings of work, Bumgarner went down to the bullpen to increase his pitch count, reports Sande Charles of FanRagSports

Before sustaining the injury, Bumgarner was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts this season. 

The Giants have gone 21-41 since Bumgarner's injury. They are 27-51 on the year and sit 24.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. 

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

After another Giants clunker, Bochy tells players 'enough is enough'

SAN FRANCISCO — A few minutes after yet another missed opportunity at the plate Sunday, a voice came over a speaker in the press box at AT&T Park and announced a 524th consecutive sellout. It nicely summed up this current stretch of Giants baseball. 

The seats are emptier than they used to be at first pitch, and they were just about abandoned in the ninth inning of an 8-2 loss, but for the most part the fans are still showing up in droves. One woman brought a toaster by the dugout Sunday morning and asked players and coaches to sign it, hoping to recapture the magic from across the bridge. Another, Bryan Stow, made his first appearance of the season at AT&T Park, met with Bruce Bochy, and said he hoped to see a win. As Matt Moore started warming up, a band set up on top of the visiting dugout to play hits that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. 

For a while, AT&T Park was rocking. And then, as has happened so often this summer, the game started. 

The Giants turned in another epic clunker in a season full of them. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 21 of 26, but it’s worse than the raw numbers. On most nights, some in the organization have noted privately, they are simply boring. It’s one thing to lose, it’s quite another to do it in this way. 

“There’s no getting around it,” Bochy said after the sweep. “I’ve been through some tough stretches here and this is as tough as any stretch I’ve seen. For some reason the baseball gods are really testing us here and (testing) this group. It’s not that they’re not coming out ready or trying, but enough is enough.

“At some point, we’ve got to find a way to get this thing turned around.”

Even a slight pivot would be welcomed by the faithful. There were scattered boos Sunday, the latest in a growing trend. This is a fan base that has seen the highest highs, but rarely in franchise history have the lows been this low. 

The crowd no longer turns to the rally lights that were used so often in an awful April, but the noise still grows with each new rally. And then, every single time Sunday, the Giants killed off any hope. 

In the second inning, a Brandon Belt bunt single and Brandon Crawford bloop put two on, but a pair of rookies flied out. 

In the third, the bases were loaded ahead of Buster Posey. He flied out to bring one run across, and there were still runners on the corners for Belt, who leads the team in homers. On a 2-2 count, Hunter Pence inexplicably took off for second. He was caught, the inning was over, and the two-run Mets lead was intact. Bochy said he did not send Pence. 

In the sixth, there were two on with no outs for Posey. Both runners bolted to stay out of a double play. Posey popped up to first -- for a double play.

“He’s not a guy that strikes out, so I’m pretty confident sending runners with Buster,” Bochy said. “We can’t keep laying back. We’re trying to force the issue a bit and stay out of double plays.”

In the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases for Posey and Belt. Posey grounded out. Belt struck out for the third time. 

“We’re getting guys out there,” Bochy said. “We’re not doing enough damage.”

Matt Moore’s damage was self-inflicted. He twice gave up homers to the guy — Rene Rivera — hitting in front of the pitcher. Moore said he has stopped throwing his cutter the past three starts and tried to get his four-seamer going, but the Mets were teeing off. Moore gave up five runs on seven hits. He was pulled in the fifth, left to think about mechanics that still aren’t right. 

“The cutter is a little bit different of a pitch and at times it can take away from the four-seam fastball location-wise, and command of the four-seam was starting to go down the more I threw (the cutter),” Moore said. “I’m anxious to get back to it, but the foundation has got to be throwing the four-seam fastball. I need to execute where they’re carrying through the zone, not running or cutting.”

Moore said his confidence is fine and his problems are not physical. Others can no longer say that. Austin Slater, a rare bright spot in this five-win month, was pulled with a tight hip flexor. He was headed for an MRI. 

Slater is too young to be one of the players Bochy approached after the game. He said he talked to a few, though, passing along that “enough is enough” message. Moore, last in the National League in ERA (6.04), was not one who needed a reminder. 

“I’m sitting on a six right now with not a lot of wins and not enough team wins when I’m throwing,” he said. “It’s been 'enough' for me for the last couple of months.”