National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (10-14) at San Francisco Giants (12-12), 3:45 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 2.73)
San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 4.19)
(Sports Network) - One year removed from an All-Star appearance, San Francisco
Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is still searching for his first win of
the 2012 season. Vogelsong hopes to get it this afternoon in the finale of a
three-game series with the Miami Marlins.
Vogelsong is 0-1 with a 4.19 earned run average in three starts this season
and has recorded back-to-back no-decisions. In a 6-5 win at Cincinnati a week
ago, Vogelsong surrendered four runs and seven hits in six innings of work. He
struck out five batters and issued two walks.
The right-hander has given up at least two runs in each of his three
appearances this season with five or more K's in that time. Vogelsong, a
Kutztown University product, is 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA in six career games (2
starts) against the Marlins.
San Francisco could use a strong pitching performance in order to avoid a
sweep at the hands of the Marlins, who squeezed out a 3-2 win in 10 innings
last night on Giancarlo Stanton's solo homer in the top of the 10th. Giants
reliever Santiago Casilla served up the blast and was dealt the loss.
The Giants were down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth and rallied to even the
score on an RBI single by Joaquin Arias and a bunt single thanks to Gregor
Blanco that later scored Arias. Arias, Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera all
finished with two hits for San Francisco, which lost the series opener to the
Marlins on Tuesday and has dropped five of its last eight games.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left the game in the sixth inning with an
injured left hand and will be re-evaluated Thursday. He was 0-for-2 at the
plate and manager Bruce Bochy was asked if Sandoval's injury is a concern.
"Quite a bit, to be honest," Bochy told the club's website. "For him to come
out of the game, there's a lot of concern here. We know what this guy means to
our club, our offense. We have a couple of guys out already with [Freddy]
Sanchez and [Aubrey] Huff. You just hope for the best right now. That's all we
Barry Zito lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was reached for two runs -- one
earned -- on two hits and seven walks. He only struck out one batter.
"I didn't feel good tonight. I had bad rhythm," Zito said. "I think I was
rushing my delivery a bit when guys got on base."
San Francisco is 2-3 on a nine-game homestand and will begin a three-game
series this weekend versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
Miami received a big lift from Stanton last night to win for just the third
time in 11 tries and will be aiming for a sweep Thursday. Stanton ended with
three hits and Omar Infante added an RBI for the Marlins, who have won their
first two tests on a nine-game road trip.
"It's what I've been waiting on for a month now," Stanton said of his home
run. "I never really got down on myself for not hitting homers or none of
that. I knew it was going to come around sometime. It's finally here."
Stanton homered for the second night in a row and for the third time in four
games. Carlos Zambrano did not record a decision with seven shutout innings
and five strikeouts, while Steve Cishek collected the win for holding the
Giants off the board over the final two innings of the game.
After this set the Marlins will head to San Diego for three games against the
Padres at Petco Park.
Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez hasn't recorded a decision since winning his
season debut back on April 9 at Philadelphia. He will get the ball today
against the Giants and has posted three consecutive no-decisions, including
one in last Saturday's 3-2 win over Arizona.
Sanchez fired seven innings of two-run ball for a second start in a row and
struck out a career-high 14 batters with four walks. The 14 K's matches the
second-highest total in team history. The righty is 1-0 with a 2.73 earned run
average in four starts and 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in three career starts against
Miami was 4-2 last season versus the Giants.
05/03 10:34:43 ET