National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 30th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (22-28) at San Francisco Giants (27-23), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Ian Kennedy (3-5, 4.65)
San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (2-5, 6.41)
(Sports Network) - An 0-3 mark with a 7.09 earned run average in the past five
starts is what Tim Lincecum is clinging to right now.
The San Francisco Giants have lost each of those outings and hope their ace
can get back to form tonight in the finale of a three-game series versus the
Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.
Lincecum will have the home crowd in his corner, but that hasn't made much of
a difference since the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is only 1-2 with a
4.80 ERA in five trips to the bay area mound. Lincecum dropped his second
straight start in Friday's 7-6 defeat at Miami, as he was reached for six runs
and six hits, including two homers, through 5 2/3 innings. He last only four
innings in his previous start on May 20 in a 6-2 loss to nearby Oakland.
The right-hander is 2-5 in 10 total starts this season and his ERA is now 6.41
over 53 1/3 innings. Lincecum lost to Arizona in his season debut on April 6,
when he permitted five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-4 loss. In 19 career
starts against the D-backs, Lincecum is 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA.
Ian Kennedy has fared no better for the Diamondbacks and is 0-5 with a 5.20
earned run average in his last six starts -- all Arizona setbacks.
Kennedy suffered his fifth consecutive loss in Friday's 7-1 defeat at the
hands of Milwaukee and was reached for four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3
innings of work. The loss dropped last year's NL Cy Young Award candidate to
3-5 in 10 starts with a 4.65 ERA. He has allowed 18 runs over his last four
trips to the hill, but defeated San Francisco to kick off the 2012 campaign.
The right-hander countered Lincecum on the mound and threw 6 2/3 innings of
three-run ball, allowing nine hits. Kennedy is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 11
career starts against the Giants.
San Francisco has a chance for a sweep tonight and rallied for a 3-1 win last
night with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryan Theriot
scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Buster Posey and
Melky Cabrera later scored when Joaquin Arias reached on a fielder's choice.
Cabrera continued his surge at the plate with three hits and two runs scored,
and Posey finished with a pair of RBI for the Giants, who have won nine of
their last 13 games and are unbeaten (2-0) on a seven-game homestand.
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong pitched well in the no-decision, allowing one
run in seven innings with eight strikeouts. Clay Hensley was credited with the
win for tossing a scoreless eighth inning and Santiago Casilla nailed down his
14th save in the ninth.
Meanwhile, Cabrera upped his hit total this month to 50, breaking Willie Mays'
1958 mark for the most in the month of May in the San Francisco era. He is one
hit shy of tying Randy Winn for the San Francisco-era record for the most hits
in a month. Winn accomplished the feat in September of 2005.
"It's been a treat to watch him day in and day out," Giants manager Bruce
Bochy said about Cabrera.
The Giants will begin a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday and
pulled within 5 1/2 games of the top spot in the NL West after the Los Angeles
Dodgers lost to the Milwaukee Brewers last night.
Arizona lost its second straight game after prevailing in three of its
previous four games. Josh Bell had the only RBI for the Diamondbacks and
starter Joe Saunders did not factor in the outcome after he gave up only one
run over 5 1/3 innings.
Bryan Shaw was saddled with the loss for surrendering both of San Francisco's
runs in the eighth inning.
"You gotta tip your cap to them," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of the
Giants. "They executed."
The Giants have won four straight over the Diamondbacks after dropping the
previous nine meetings. Arizona will visit San Diego for three games this
weekend and is still 12-6 in the previous 18 meetings with San Francisco.
D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist did not play Tuesday because of leg
soreness, but is expected to return to the lineup tonight. First baseman Paul
Goldschmidt is riding an eight-game hitting streak.
05/30 10:48:01 ET