American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 30th
(All times eastern)
San Francisco Giants (14-12) at Arizona Diamondbacks (15-11), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.87)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.00)
(Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner tries to continue his strong start to the
season on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series
with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Bumgarner has been terrific in all five starts this season and enters the
contest 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA. He hasn't received a decision in either of his
last two outings, but has yet to allow more than two runs in a start this
Of course, this is nothing new. Last year he was 4-1 in his five April starts
with a 2.53 ERA.
Bumgarner was again brilliant on Wednesday against Arizona, yielding just a
run and five hits in 7 1/3 frames. He also struck out seven, but did not
factor in the decision of his team's 3-2 loss.
"I felt good," Bumgarner said. "Command felt good and arm felt good. Body felt
pretty good today. Everything was there."
Bumgarner is 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 10 games (9 starts) against the D'Backs.
Arizona, meanwhile, will counter with righty Trevor Cahill, who is coming off
his first win of the season. Cahill beat the Colorado Rockies on Thursday,
surrendering just an unearned run and four hits in five innings. He did walk
four batters, but still improved to 1-3, while lowering his ERA to 3.00.
"It was a little bit all over the place but I was able to get through five and
(Josh) Collmenter was able to pick me up," Cahill said. "I was just falling
behind, couldn't put guys away and wasn't getting early contact."
Cahill has faced the Giants seven times and is 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA.
San Francisco drew first blood in this series on Monday, as Brandon Belt
ripped a tie-breaking, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning to lift
the Giants to a 6-4 victory.
Belt also smacked a solo shot in the second, while Pablo Sandoval and Gregor
Blanco added an RBI and a run scored apiece to help the Giants snap a five-
game slide that started with back-to-back, extra-inning losses against
Jean Machi (1-0) earned his first major league victory after pitching a
perfect seventh in relief of starter Matt Cain, who remains in search of his
first victory of the season after giving up four runs on five hits and four
walks over six frames.
Sergio Romo worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his ninth
save of the season.
Brad Ziegler (0-1) entered for Arizona starter Ian Kennedy to start the eighth
and served up Belt's go-ahead single to absorb the loss. Kennedy allowed four
runs on seven hits and three walks over seven innings.
"It's just one of those days," Kennedy said. "You give your team a chance to
win and we just didn't."
All four of Arizona's runs came in the fourth, as Jason Kubel, Eric Chavez and
Martin Prado each homered in the frame, but it wasn't enough for the
Diamondbacks, who lost for only the second time in seven tries.
Arizona took two of three from the Giants earlier in the season.
04/30 10:32:29 ET