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Madison Bumgarner didn't have his best stuff last time out, but the San Francisco Giants scored enough runs for him to come away with the win.
The left-hander can't count on that happening in Tuesday night's series opener against the visiting Houston Astros considering the way the Giants have struggled at the plate.
Looking to win a second straight start after going 0-3 with a 4.33 ERA in his previous four, Bumgarner (7-4, 3.26 ERA) came out on top in Wednesday's 6-5 win in San Diego.
"I didn't throw very well," Bumgarner said after walking a career high-tying four in six innings. "Defense picked me up and offense picked me up, too."
Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in five home starts, but the Giants (34-27) open this series after batting .188 and scoring five runs while dropping two of three to AL West-leading Texas over the weekend.
Both losses were by 5-0 margins after the Giants, who have won 10 of 14, had not been shut out all season heading into the series.
The Astros (26-34) are among the worst road teams in the majors at 8-20, but they scored 20 runs over the weekend while taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox to begin their nine-game trip.
"It was huge to be able to put up that many home runs (a season-high four) and get our first road (series) win," said manager Brad Mills, whose team won 11-9 on Sunday to improve to 4-3 since a season-high eight-game skid.
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will look to keep his hot streak going after hitting three of his team-leading 12 homers in the last four contests.
So will first baseman Brett Wallace, who is batting .400 (10 for 25) with two homers and four RBIs while hitting safely in all seven games since getting called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 3.
Tuesday's scheduled starter Bud Norris (5-3, 4.65) will get his second look at San Francisco after going seven strong innings in a 4-3, 11-inning road win Aug. 28.
Houston has lost Norris' last three starts after he struck out a season-high 12 and surrendered four runs in Wednesday's 4-3 defeat to St. Louis.
The right-hander is 0-2 with an 11.68 ERA in his last three outings after posting a 0.35 ERA while winning his previous four.
Norris will face a San Francisco team that's gone 16 consecutive home games without a home run. It's the longest such streak in the majors since the 1990 Astros' 16-game stretch.
Buster Posey, the Giants' leader with seven homers and 33 RBIs, has gone 73 at-bats at AT&T Park without a home run.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera could return to San Francisco's lineup after missing the last three games with a strained right hamstring.
Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer might play Tuesday after missing the last two games with an illness. Mills said Schafer also had pink eye.
Houston has lost 22 of its last 32 visits to San Francisco.
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As most Giants fans know, the two-time Cy Young award winner, four-time all-star and dazzler on the mound known as Tim Lincecum has not been his self in 2012.
Not even close.
After yesterdays 5-0 loss to the Texas Rangers (all five runs earned by Lincecum), Lincecum’s ERA is now at an even 6.00 on the year. Before this season, his career ERA stood at an impressive 2.98. Yeah, he...
Well, it’s been quite a while since I posted some links. As I’m sure nobody wants to revisit today’s game, now feels like as good a time as any to end this drought. Without further ado…
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The San Francisco Giants are not just leading Major League Baseball in errors on the field in 2012. The team's scattered attempt to fix their deteriorating and prospect-light minor league system in last week's First Year Player Draft will likely put the organization even deeper in the hole. Currently the Giants' minor league organizational standing is considered mediocre...
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Episode 79: Texas Cainsaw Massacre is out!
In the seventy-ninth episode, Thomas and Danny break their non-podcasting streak to talk about Pablo Sandoval’s return, Ryan Vogelsong’s continued dominance, Brett Pill’s designation for assignment, Theriot’s hot streak, and a visit from Dr. Todd.
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In Brian Wilson’s absence, Tim Lincecum has taken it upon himself to make Giants baseball torturous once again. Remember, Torture doesn’t mean bad. Torture means just good enough to hang onto your hopes and your dreams and feel like there’s a reason to wake up each morning. Torture is good pitching and bad hitting, or good hitting and bad pitching, or stranding baserunner...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Some bad shoes may have led to Nelson Cruz being out of the lineup for Sunday's finale against the San Francisco Giants.
The Texas right fielder put on new spikes Thursday in Oakland and started feeling some pain in his right Achilles while walking down the steps at the park. He continued to feel some pain in San Francisco and it got worse.
He switched back...
Earlier today, Buster Olney tweeted this interesting tidbit:
ELIAS: The Giants have gone 16 consecutive home games without a home run, the longest streak by the franchise since 1918.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 11, 2012
On May 14th, Gregor Blanco hit a solo shot off of Christian Friedrich. Nearly a month has passed, and the Giants have yet to hit another home run at home...
With the 2012 MLB Draft just passing. I have been receiving a lot of emails from fans that want to know a little more about the San Francisco Giants draft picks.
Here is the Giants first 6 picks in the draft.
Round 1: Pitcher – Chris Stratton
Round 2: Pitcher – Martin Agosta
Round 3: Outfielder – Johnathan “Mac” Williamson
Round 4: Pitcher – Steven Okert
I feel lucky I’ve never had to work a true graveyard shift, but boy this would make the time go by fast. Especially on road games where I get to hear the TV side, but I want to hear Jon or Dave’s call of the big plays.
It’s one of the genuinely cooler things that KNBR does, rather than play some inane ESPN radio feed during those hours.
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If you missed last nights game. Then you missed a good one! Madison Bumgarner decided it was time to get his first career home run. It wasn’t a cheap shot either! Bumgarner also tossed 7.2 innings with a season high 12 strikeouts and 0 walks! It was a great night out, magic inside, or whatever the slogan is these days. I know, “Together We’re Giant”!
Brandon Belt also...
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a rematch of the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers exacted some revenge, pummeling Tim Lincecum, who was the winning pitcher in the deciding game 5 of that World Series. Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton each hit two-run doubles off Lincecum to take the rubber game of the series as the Rangers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on a warm Sunday afternoon. Alexi...