Found August 29, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Poor situational hitting left the Arizona Diamondbacks one win shy of a series sweep. They'll look to rebound against Tim Lincecum, who they've hammered over the last three seasons, as he starts for the San Francisco Giants in Friday night's opener at Chase Field. After plating 16 runs in taking the first two games at San Diego, Arizona (68-64) suffered a 5-1 loss Wednesday. The Diamondbacks were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base. They're 10 for 47 (.213) with runners in scoring position over their last four contests compared to a .251 mark on the season. Willie Bloomquist - in his first game since being placed on the disabled list June 27 due to a hand contusion - was one of the lone bright spots Wednesday, collecting three hits and driving in the team's lone run. "We had some opportunities, but were unable to get the big hit, extra-base hit when we needed it," manager Kirk Gibson said. Gibson's squad will hope for better fortunes against Lincecum (7-13, 4.55 ERA), which hasn't been a problem lately. Lincecum is 0-6 with a 5.83 ERA in eight starts against the Diamondbacks since 2011 after going 7-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his first 14 games in the series. He was knocked around for five runs and 10 hits in five innings of San Francisco's 9-6 comeback win at Arizona on May 1. Paul Goldschmidt has fared especially well in his matchups with the right-hander, hitting five home runs while going 9 for 17 for a .529 average - the highest of any player with at least 15 at-bats versus Lincecum. Goldschmidt, the NL's leader in RBIs with 104, received an off-day Wednesday after starting in the Diamondbacks' previous 47 games. Lincecum gave up three runs, three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings in a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. He has failed to throw more than six innings in 14 of 26 outings this year. "They (early runs) give some leeway but it was still a little frustrating not being able to go deeper," said Lincecum, who took a 4-0 lead into the top of the second. The Giants (59-74) also come off a poor offensive showing in a 5-4 loss at Colorado on Wednesday as they were no-hit by Jhoulys Chacin for 6 2-3 innings. They haven't hit scheduled Arizona starter Randall Delgado (4-4, 3.87) well, with Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro going a combined 3 for 20. Delgado is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA over two career starts versus San Francisco, including 5 2-3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 road win on July 21. However, he's 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA in five starts since his first career complete game on July 26 against San Diego. Belt is hitting .400 over his last eight games and batting .348 with three homers and seven RBIs in six contests in Arizona this season. Martin Prado is 35 for 96 (.365) over his last 21 contests with 28 RBIs. He is 6 for 17 off Lincecum. The Giants have won seven of the last nine meetings, including five of six in Arizona.

Should The Giants Re-sign Tim Lincecum?

  Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors The San Francisco Giants face a tough decision whether or not to re-sign Tim Lincecum as he will be a free agent after the 2013 season.  A crowd favorite and one of the most popular players on the team, the Giants could alienate many fans if they don’t re-sign the former 2 time Cy Young Award winner. Though his statistics have been...

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  It was very fitting that on Tuesday, August 27th, Baseball Hot Corner released their special team reports chronicling each teams first round picks for the past decade (to see the team report for the San Francisco Giants, click here).  It was fitting because it just so happens that the Giants triple-A affiliate, Fresno Grizzlies, was in town to take on the Oakland A’s triple...

Martin Prado made an insanely impressive (and clutch) diving catch last night

Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado flashed this web gem in the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Padres. With the score tied 9-9 and the bases loaded with two outs, Prado lays out and robs a sure base hit (if it stayed fair) that would have likely scored at least two runs for San Diego. Instead, the Padres headed back to the dugout with nothing and the Diamondbacks...

D-backs shortstop makes crazy catch

The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated San Diego Padres by the score of 10-9 in the 10th inning at Chase Field on Tuesday night. It was a crazy game, and it's now even crazier to think the Padres would've ended up winning the game if Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius didn't make a Willie Mays-esque catch to prevent a run and end the seventh inning. In GIF form, thanks...

D-backs' Miley done in by lack of support

PHOENIX -- Without a lot of fanfare, Wade Miley has made his way into the top 10 in the National League in quality starts this season. He has 18, as many as Mat Latos and Madison Bumgarner and more than Jordan Zimmermann and Matt Cain.Miley was at it again Wednesday, giving up only two runs in seven innings, but he did not receive much help in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss to San...

D-backs win on another walk-off, pull within 5 of Reds

PHOENIX -- Aaron Hill lined a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Adam Eaton and give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. With Hill at-bat and runners on second and third, the Padres employed a five-man infield. Hill lined a shot over the head of left fielder Yonder Alonzo for his eighth career game-ending...

Glimpse of the Future: Bay Sports Report’s Interview With Giants Prospect Ty Blach

  San Francisco Giants prospect Ty Blach came out of relative nowhere this season in San Jose, boasting a (current) 12-4 record with a 2.90 ERA with 117 Strike Outs in 130 innings in the CAL League. Blach, a fifth round pick in 2012 out of Creighton is currently listed as the San Francisco Giants number 12 prospect in the organization and rising fast due to the year he is having...

Rumors: Diamondbacks 'getting close' to moving Jason Kubel; Indians 'strong possibility'

When Jason Kubel was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks, the Braves and Orioles showed early interest in trading for the struggling 31-year old. While those two teams showed early interest, it doesn't look like they are the favorites to land Kubel. The Diamondbacks are close to moving Jason Kubel, according to Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic. Chris Cotillo of MLB...

Diamondbacks trade Jason Kubel to Indians

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been shopping outfielder Jason Kubel for the last couple of days, and it was reported last night that they were nearing a deal involving the veteran. That trade was completed, sending Kubel to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a minor leaguer and cash, according to Steve Gilbert of The Diamondbacks designated Kubel for assignment on...

Cliff Pennington’s facial expressions as he ran the D-Backs out of the winning run made my day

Bottom of the ninth after entering the game as a pinch-runner is an awesome time to get thrown out at home hesitating three times on a blocked pitch.

Open Memo To the SF Giants Front Office and Various Local Media: Please Make It Stop!

There's an expectation that MLB World Series winning teams should continue to be good and make the play-offs the following season. When they don't, when a championship team ends up underneath the Porto-Potty, there has to be some fallout. Which means that what was once cute, funny, or endearing now tastes like 30 day old fish covered in sour milk. Or worse. And this applies...

Indians acquire Jason Kubel from Diamondbacks

Three weeks short weeks after Mark Reynolds was designated for assignment, Cleveland has found themselves another power bat. This time from the left side. A source confirmed late Thursday night the Indians have acquired outfielder Jason Kubel in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a minor league pitcher and cash. The deal is expected to be announced on Friday. Kubel...

Indians Trade for Jason Kubel

In another strange move in what has been a very much against the grain season as far as roster moves are concerned, the Cleveland Indians have traded a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jason Kubel. Indians fans remember Kubel as a part time outfielder and DH for the Twins from 2004 through 2011. In 2012, Kubel had a stand out season (30 home runs and 90 RBI...

Back-To-Back Jacks Lead Giants To A 5-3 Victory Over Rockies

The Giants evened up the series against the Rockies last night, winning 5-3, with the help of a pair of home runs by Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval to in the first inning to help set the ton. With a man on and two outs in the top of the first, Pence crushed his 16th home run of the year. The monster shot was the longest home run hit in the majors so far this season with an estimated...

D-backs focusing on own business as Giants visit

The Diamondbacks' remaining schedule looks inviting, and their six-game deficit behind the Reds in the race for an NL wild-card berth is hardly insurmountable given recent history. But you will not catch many in the D-backs' camp looking further ahead than the first game of a three-game series against the Giants that begins Friday at Chase Field. "I take one day at...
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