MLB Insiders: San Francisco Giants
James McDonald
James McDonald

Posted Apr 13, 2012


The Pirates open a three-game series in San Francisco on Friday. Right-hander James McDonald will be on the hill for the Bucs. The Giants will counter with right-hander Matt Cain.

The Giants will play their home opener Friday against the Pirates, beginning the 50th anniversary season of their first World Series since moving to San Francisco.

In 1962, the Giants lost a seven-game Series to the Yankees, which ended on Willie McCovey's liner to Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson with two runners in scoring position.

The Yankees won 1-0.

Several Giants from that '62 team will be at the ballpark, including the manager, Alvin Dark, along with Willie Mays and McCovey, more than 14 in all.

The Giants also lost the World Series in 2002 (talk about anniversaries) and 1989 and won it all in 2010. Two years later, they're trying to return to championship form.

They lost four of their first five games this season, so Thursday's 4-2 victory in Colorado provides some momentum heading into the home opener. Matt Cain, who has pitched once since signing his $112.5 million extension, will start Friday.

Before Thursday, the only Giants starter who did well was Barry Zito, who threw a shutout Tuesday. On Thursday, Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning for his first win and got support from Melky Cabrera, who hit an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.

Notes,Quotes

LHP Madison Bumgarner began with five hitless innings and wound up allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings for his first win of the season. Pitching against 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, who began his career before Bumgarner was born, the Giants' lefty gave up his first hit when Tyler Colvin hit a liner to left in front of LF Melky Cabrera, who made a diving attempt, trying to rob Colvin and preserve the no-hit bid. The ball skipped by Cabrera for a triple. Colvin wound up scoring the only run off Bumgarner.

RHP Brian Wilson turned his left ankle during the ninth inning but called it a "nonfactor." The injury wasn't considered serious by the team. Nevertheless, manager Bruce Bochy said Wilson will be unavailable Friday in the Giants' home opener after he pitched the past two games. On Thursday, Wilson issued a bases-loaded walk before getting the final out on his 32nd pitch.

C Buster Posey returned to the lineup Friday after resting most of Thursday's game due to shingles, which he said made him worn out. Posey is taking medication and reported improvement. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, and he hopes to be in the lineup for Friday's home opener.

1B Brett Pill got his first start of the season as the Giants faced a starting lefty for the first time, Colorado's Jamie Moyer. That meant 1B Aubrey Huff was out of the lineup despite his .391 career average with three homers in 23 at-bats against Moyer. Pill went 1-for-3 and drove in the game's first run on a bloop single.

Former LF Pat Burrell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in San Francisco before Tuesday's Giants-Phillies game, but news surfaced Thursday that he'll sign a one-day contract with the Phillies so he can be honored in Philly on May 19. Yes, he'll throw out the first pitch that day, too—before the Phillies-Red Sox game. Burrell recently accepted a role with the Giants as a talent evaluator in the wake of his contributions to the 2010 championship season, but apparently he's got a love affair with two teams in two cities.

By The Numbers: 1—Hits by Bruce Bochy off Jamie Moyer. Bochy, a 56-year-old former catcher, was 1-for-7 off Moyer, 49, who pitched Thursday for the Rockies.

Quote To Note: "I feel more locked in when the bases are loaded. How they got there, there's a thousand different ways. It's not like I want to get into that situation, but I think I've been successful more times than not." —RHP Brian Wilson, after a shaky ninth inning in which he issued a bases-loaded walk before retiring the game's final batter for the save.


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