Found April 15, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
The Pirates started Saturday's game out with two runs in the first inning off of Barry Zito thanks to a bases-loaded single by Neil Walker, but it was pretty much all downhill from there. The end of the game was hugely frustrating, of course, but let's hit a few waypoints before we get there. Charlie Morton did alright against a Giants' lineup that literally featured all lefties or switch-hitters. He gave up seven hits (two triples), but didn't walk anyone and still had a 9:2 GO:FO ratio in his five innings of work. I'm not going to look tonight, but he definitely seemed to be using his sinker quite a bit tonight, so I'll take this as a decent result against a lefty-heavy lineup given that it's his season debut. He was far from great tonight, but he was effective enough.The offense, of course, was putrid after the first inning. Zito ended up lasting seven innings tonight and the Pirates only scored after the first thanks to some hilariously bad defense fr...

Postgame Wrap: Barry Zito, Fourth Starter

I think it’s pretty obvious what the main story is coming out of today’s game. If Ryan Theriot can continue slapping singles in key spots Barry Zito pitched a good game, which is not something that you would expect if you’ve seen Barry Zito pitch in the last six years. He got a little roughed up in the first, but settled down and controlled the game, pitching through errors...

Return of the road warrior

The Pirates stopped their skid and picked up a much needed win on Sunday thanks to some strong pitching, a little bit of offense, and insurance runs provided by some awesome bunts. Yep, awesome bunts. Let’s start with another unlikely contributor: Kevin Correia. Through nine games, Correia has pitched two of the three best outings by Pirates starters, and has been the best of the...

San Francisco Giants Giving Up On Brandon Belt Already?

The San Francisco Giants appear to be giving up on first base top prospect Brandon Belt already, having sat him for the fourth consecutive game yesterday in favor of the aging Aubrey Huff and even Nate Schierholtz, as Belt could also play some right field. While manager Bruce Bochy insists that Belt will eventually receive his fair share of playing time at either position...

Kevin Correia serves as stopper in 4-1 win

Final: Pirates 4, Giants 1 WP: Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA) LP: Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 2.84 ERA) SV: Joel Hanrahan (1, 4.50 ERA) After losing five straight games, it was Kevin Correia who was able to stop the bleeding as he gave up just 1 run over six innings this afternoon against the Giants. The Pirates started the scoring in the 2nd inning with a solo homer by Garrett Jones. They...

Giants closer Wilson resigned to surgery

San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson admitted that the chances of him pitching again this year is "minimal."Wilson is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after an MRI revealed structural damage and an issue with the ligament Friday.The 30-year-old Wilson said he will fly to Florida to visit with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who operated...

Giants Fall to Pirates in Series Finale

Somehow that game didn’t feel all that painful given the missed opportunities that seemed to pop up left and right.  The Giants continued the trend of not hitting with runners in scoring position as they fell to the Pirates 4-1.  Ryan Vogelsong made his return to the rotation and for the most part pitched well despite some early struggles.  Bruce Bochy send his B-team bullpen...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants – Game 9

First pitch: 4:05 Where to watch: Root Sports. Hello.  I’ve been having a great time on vacation, but I’ve managed something I never assumed possible. I have caught less fish then the Pirates had hits against Matt Cain.  Pathetic I know. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (34) I will always be baffled about this guys turnaround. A [...]

Beard By Committee

I’m not worried about the San Francisco Giants’ ability to survive without Brian Wilson.  At least, not too much. It’s not like losing Wilson isn’t a blow.  This guy is one of the top closers in baseball.  For all the crap he takes, for all the torture he induces, he does go out there and get saves time after time.  He has more saves than any other closer in baseball...

Phillies-Giants Preview

Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum have combined to win four Cy Young awards, but only one has pitched like an ace so far this season. Halladay looks to continue his solid start while Lincecum hopes to bounce back from a pair of rough outings as the Philadelphia Phillies visit the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set Monday night. The right-handers have faced each...

Phillies sign Mike Fontenot

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal, Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio reports. Just before the start of the season, the Giants released Fontenot. Fontenot posted a .227 avg, .304 OBP and.377 SLG in 252 plate while logging time at second base, shortstop and third base last season. Image taken by SD Dirk and used under the Creative...
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