Giants Win Another Series, Aim For San Diego

The San Francisco Giants (53042) and the Philadelphia Phillies played in back to back, extra inning games Saturday and Sunday.

However, the results were different as the Giants were unable to pull out a Sunday victory, and fell to the Phillies 4-3 after a clutch one out single by shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

the Giants were confused by their opponents pitcher Joe Blanton for eight innings. Blanton gave up only three runs in his eight innings of work, and kept the Giants hitters at bay. San Francisco starter  Barry Zito had a good performance as well. Zito, who was coming off four good starts, made it five after pitching into the seventh inning and also only giving up three runs.

The bullpens kept both offenses quiet also. The Giant pitchers only allowed two walks in the entire game. The first was by the starter, the second ended up being the winning run. Brad Penny committed one of the deadliest sins as a reliever, he walked a hitter and it ended up biting him. After walking Carlos Ruiz, he gave up a single that saw Ruiz go first to third. After that, Rollins stepped to the plate to win the game with a single to center field.

On the flip side however, Phillies’ reliever Kyle Kendrick walked two hitters in his 2.1 innings of work. He also gave up a double in the twelfth. Despite this, he was able to keep the suspect offense off the board and picked up his fourth win of the season.

Though they were not able to pick up the win, they did win the first two games of the series and now will take on San Diego, who is in last place in their division. The Padres made news Monday morning when they signed their star outfielder Carlos Quentin to a three year deal.

The probables for the week to come are:

Monday

Clayton Richard (7-10) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-4)

Tuesday

Edinson Volquez (6-7) vs. Madison Bumgarner (11-6)

Wednesday 

Jason Marquis (5-9) vs. Tim Lincecum (4-10)

The Giants are still a game and a half above the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Diego actually beat LA two game to one to open up the second half of the season.

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  • BernardL

    I understand the unhappiness with Belt blowing his chances with a literally helpless performance since before the break. I know the Closer problem is bothering everyone, and the situation with slumping outfielders Blanco and Pagan. Where I see the real weakness and complete dead zone on the team is Emmanuel Burriss. He refuses (either that, or he’s the most incompetent bunter in league history) to advance runners. He won’t hustle on the base paths. When Burriss gets a chance to play, the words ‘clutch hit’ are a foreign concept to him, and sparkling defensive plays non-existent. He plays as if he’s trying for a bus ticket to single A obscurity. I’d like to see him get the ticket and the Giants bring Brett Pill back up as their utility fill-in at second base. I know he’d be better than Burriss.