National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 6th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (14-18) at San Francisco Giants (19-12), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.46)
San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.55)
(Sports Network) - In Cliff Lee's last trip to San Francisco, throwing 10
scoreless innings wasn't enough to get him a victory.
The former Cy Young Award winner would take a repeat performance with a
different result as he tries to snap a four-start winless drought on Monday,
when the Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game set with the Giants.
The Giants have only seen the best of Lee during his career as the left-hander
is 4-0 against them with a 0.63 earned run average in five meetings. He has
given up just three earned runs and four walks over 43 innings with 36
That lone no-decision, however, came in San Francisco on April 18 of last
year. Lee became the first player in the majors to throw 10 scoreless innings
in a game since Mark Mulder in 2005, but his club lost a 1-0 decision in 11
innings and Lee suffered a strained left oblique.
The 34-year-old won his first two starts of the 2013 campaign, allowing two
earned runs and striking out 14 without a walk in 16 2/3 innings. But Lee has
pitched a 5.04 ERA while going 0-2 in four starts since and picked up a loss
against his former Cleveland Indians club on Wednesday. He gave up five runs
-- four earned -- on nine hits over six innings with a pair of walks.
Not helping is that the Phillies have scored just six runs in Lee's last four
starts, getting shut out twice.
Philadelphia's offense has struggled for the better part of the season. The
Phillies are tied for 11th in the NL with 113 runs scored and are hitting just
a collective .237. They have lost four of their past six, outscored 39-15 over
The Phillies had to settle for a split of their four-game series with the
Miami Marlins after getting pounded 14-2 in Sunday's finale. After managing
just one hit in a 2-0 loss the previous day, Philadelphia has four hits on
Roy Halladay was shelled for the second straight outing, giving up nine runs
on four hits and four walks in just 2 1/3 innings and revealed after the game
he has been dealing with a sore shoulder since April 24.
"I just got up after that start against Pittsburgh (on April 24) and had
soreness in there and wasn't able to get rid of it," Halladay said.
The veteran right-hander, who turns 36 on May 14, is expected to fly to Los
Angeles to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. A trip to the disabled list is
The news doesn't getter better on the field for the Phillies as they will
visit a Giants team that has won a season-high six in a row on the heels of
dropping five straight. They wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles
Dodgers with Sunday's 4-3 victory, winning each game of the series by a single
Matt Cain hurled 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball to secure his first victory of
the season, though the Giants needed five relievers to secure the final five
Dodger outs. Los Angeles plated three runs in the eighth, but closer Sergio
Romo worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to notch his 12th save.
"(Cain) got us into the eighth inning, and as usual our boys are entertaining
and made it close again. But I was happy for Matt the way he threw the ball,"
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Hunter Pence, traded to the Giants by the Phillies on July 31 of last year,
drove in all four runs on Sunday and finished with two doubles.
San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan did not play on Sunday after
suffering a right hamstring strain on Saturday and is day-to-day.
Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants and is winless in his past
three starts, but doesn't have a loss in that span and has pitched well. In
the three straight no-decisions, the lefty has given up just three runs while
fanning 19 in 20 1/3 innings.
Bumgarner logged seven scoreless frames of three-hit ball in Arizona on
Tuesday, but the Giants didn't score until the ninth inning in a 2-1 win.
"He could have five wins," Bochy said of Bumgarner afterwards on his team's
website. "We're not getting a lot of runs for him, but he's doing what we
need, and that's putting up zeroes for us."
Bumgarner won his first three starts of the year and is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA on
The 23-year-old has split a pair of regular-season meetings with the Phillies,
posting a 2.57 ERA.
The Giants won four of six versus the Phillies a season ago, taking two of
three at home from April 16-18.
05/06 10:47:52 ET