Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 25th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (23-23) at San Francisco Giants (31-18), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 5.50)
San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.38)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants look to break out the brooms
when they shoot for a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins Sunday afternoon
at AT&T Park.
The Giants took Friday's opener, 6-2, then handed the Twins a 2-1 setback in
the middle test behind solid pitching and some clutch hits. Ryan Vogelsong
threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, struck out seven and walked one, while Juan
Gutierrez, Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo followed in relief.
Romo worked around a Josmil Pinto leadoff home run in the ninth to nail down
his 16th save, which is second in the majors behind Milwaukee's Francisco
Pablo Sandoval homered in the second inning and plated Angel Pagan with two
out on a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the NL West-leading Giants, who have
won three straight and four of their last five games. Sandoval is riding a
four-game hitting streak with three homers and seven RBI in that time. He has
four home runs in the past six.
"He's gotten his timing and he's got his confidence going and that usually
comes with success," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Sandoval.
Hunter Pence went 0-for-2 with two walks to snap his 10-game hit streak.
The Giants improved to 23-4 when scoring first this season and have the best
record in the NL at 31-18. The Giants, winners in 14 of the last 19 home
games, are 16-8 at AT&T Park, where they have a 6-1-1 ledger in home series.
San Francisco will host the Chicago Cubs for three games on this stay.
Madison Bumgarner is unbeaten (3-0) in his last four starts since losing three
straight and takes the mound Sunday for the hosts. Bumgarner did not record a
decision in Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Colorado and yielded three runs and eight
hits in six innings of work.
Bumgarner has been reached for seven runs in back-to-back trips to the mound
and is 5-3 with a 3.38 earned run average in 10 starts this season. The lefty
is 2-2 in four home outings and lost his only start against Minnesota on June
21, 2011 in a 9-2 setback. Bumgarner was hammered for eight runs and nine hits
in only one-third of an inning.
Minnesota hopes to finish its five-game road trip (2-2) on a positive note and
get some runs in Sunday's finale. The Twins have scored two runs or less in
each of the past three games and couldn't provide starting pitcher Samuel
Deduno any support.
Deduno was saddled with the loss for giving up both runs on Sandoval's behalf
in 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked three.
Pinto, of course, was responsible for Minnesota's scoring with a home run off
Romo. Joe Mauer and Eduardo Escobar both doubled for the Twins, who have lost
two straight and three of five games.
"We came in in the end against one of the better closer and put up a run
against him and put up a fight and cut it back down to one run," Twins
outfielder Jason Kubel said. "As long as we keep fighting every night, every
day, we should have a lot more chances."
The Twins have left 17 men on base in back-to-back losses to the Giants and
will return home to start a four-game series with the Texas Rangers on Monday.
Ricky Nolasco tries to stop his winless streak (0-2 last 4 starts) when he
takes the mound Sunday for Minnesota. Nolasco took the loss in a 6-2 decision
to Seattle last Sunday and was touched for three runs and six hits in five
Nolasco has allowed three or more runs in each of his past six starts and
eight of his nine trips to the mound. The right-hander and first-year Twin is
1-2 in five road starts this season and 5-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 career
starts against the Giants.
05/25 10:22:45 ET