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Cameron Rupp chased Madison Bumgarner with a two-run homer in Philadelphia's three-run seventh inning, helping the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Saturday night.
Lineup: Giants (48-27) at Phillies (31-44)
- 1. Denard Span, CF (L)
- 2. Joe Panik, 2B (L)
- 3. Brandon Belt, 1B (L)
- 4. Buster Posey, C (R)
- 5. Brandon Crawford, SS (L)
- 6. Angel Pagan, LF (S)
- 7. Ramiro Pena, 3B (S)
- 8. Madison Bumgarner, RHP
- 9. Gregor Blanco, RF (L) Daily notes
How low can you go?
Since the beginning of May, these five players have microscopic ERAs. San Francisco is lucky enough to lay claim to two pitchers on the list.
In Saturday's notes, Buster Olney looks at an infield option for the Giants, details Danny Salazar's 2016 success and more.
Jake Peavy threw seven strong innings in another solid start, Brandon Belt hit a three-run double and Angel Pagan had three hits as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4
Suarez bucks trends in win vs. Pirates
Albert Suarez got the win against the Pirates on Thursday. Rookie pitchers had made seven previous starts against Pittsburgh this season, going 1-3 with a 9.22 ERA in those games, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. Furthermore, Suarez joins Brad Hennessey (2005) as the only Giants rookies in the last 18 seasons to beat the Bucs.
Joe Panik keeps coming up clutch
Panik hit a go-ahead three-run triple in the third inning with the Giants down 1-0 on Thursday. His four go-ahead RBIs during the team's seven-game road trip mark the first time a San Francisco player has done that since Matt Williams in Sept. 1995, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Thursday's longest home runs
Jake Lamb continued his breakout season with a 446-foot blast on Thursday, his 15th homer of the year. His teammate, Socrates Brito, had a 446-foot blast of his own as well.
Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 446-foot home run and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The Giants continue to win, even with a makeshift lineup on Thursday that included Mac Williamson hitting third, Trevor Brown hitting fifth, Ramiro Pena playing shortstop and Conor Gillaspie at third. The bullpen threw four innings of one-hit relief. They climbed to 20 games over .500 as they go for their first division title since 2012.
Giants open to MadBum in HR Derby
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the team would be "open-minded" to the idea of Madison Bumgarner competing in the Home Run Derby. For his part, Bumgarner has no desire to participate in a pitchers-only derby. San Jose Mercury News
Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer
Andrew McCutchen not in starting lineup for Pirates. Manager Clint Hurdle says he needed some rest and that club has considered a couple days at some point. "That could be an option down the road. That's one where he would have to be brought into the conversation about as well."
Different story for Giants, Pirates
As the two teams wrap up their four-game set on Thursday, a look at their vastly different results since June 11 helps explain San Francisco's offensive success in the series.
Cubs no longer looking so mighty
On June 4, the Cubs were the best team in baseball by four wins. As of Thursday, that gap has been closed by the surging Rangers, while the Giants and Nationals aren't far behind.
The Giants keep playing optimal baseball. One reason why is the performance of their bullpen, which doesn't have gaudy numbers but gets the job done.
Buster Posey threw out John Jaso attempting to steal second base to end the game, Joe Panik's two-run double capped a three-run sixth inning, and San Francisco beat Pittsburgh 7-6 on Wednesday.
On Base Percentage.3316th
Earned Run Average3.393rd
Giants vs Phillies
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