Giants Finish Sweep With 3-1 Win; Indians Fall Behind Detroit In AL Central

Carlos Santana drives in two runs, but helps Giants score more in series-opening loss.

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Indians Vs. Giants Final: Fausto Carmona Loses 10th Game As Giants Win 3-1

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Madison Bumgarner bounced back from his historically bad performance with a career-high 11 strikeouts to lead San Francisco past Cleveland, 3-1, and complete a three-game sweep.

In Bumgarner’s (4-9) last outing against Minnesota on Tuesday, he lasted just a third of an inning and allowed eight runs to become the first pitcher in the modern era to give up nine hits and record less than two outs in game.

On Sunday, he was charged with just one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings in the Giants’ fifth straight victory.

“I’m not going to say there wasn’t any doubt. It’s tough to forget about a start like that. I tried to put it behind me the best I could,” said Bumgarner about his last appearance. “I wasn’t thinking of the last start at all today. I was obviously focused on today.”

Jeremy Affeldt struck out five batters in two perfect innings to earn his second save.

Chris Stewart stroked a two-run double in the second inning and Aubrey Huff added an RBI single in the third for the Giants.

Fausto Carmona (4-10) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in Cleveland’s third consecutive loss and the fifth in six games.

The Giants struck first in the second. Cody Ross and Bill Hall both singled before coming around to score when Stewart slapped a soft liner over a jumping Orlando Cabrera and into the right-center field gap.

San Francisco added to its lead in the next inning on three consecutive one- out singles by Brandon Crawford, Pablo Sandoval and Huff.

The Indians wasted a chance with two men in scoring position in the fourth, but got a run back in the sixth. Michael Brantley started the frame with a walk and Cabrera followed with a double down the third base line to put runners on second and third with no outs. Replays showed that the ball bounced past third base foul, but home plate umpire Jerry Layne had to make the call from behind the plate because the original umpire, Hunter Wendelstedt, left the game after the top of the second inning after he was hit in the head with the ball on a foul bunt attempt.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s groundout scored Brantley, but that would be all the Indians would get in the inning after Carlos Santana and Grady Sizemore both struck out to end the threat. The tally did end Cleveland’s drought of 19 straight scoreless innings.

That would be the extent of the Indians offense, though, as Bumgarner and Affeldt shut them down with a combined 16 strikeouts.

Their best chance to get in the game came in the fourth inning when Orlando Cabrera and Asdrubal Cabrera started the frame with back-to-back singles. After a Santana flyout, Sizemore’s groundout moved the runners up to second and third, but Shelley Duncan struck out on four pitches to end the inning.

“We were just flat out overmatched at the plate [with] 16 strikeouts. Not even some of our outs were very productive when we had guys in scoring position or on second with less than two outs,” said Indians manager Manny Acta about his team’s offense.

Sandoval left the game in the seventh inning with a tight left quad muscle. He was replaced by Miguel Tejada at third…The win was Bumgarner’s first at home this season. He is now 1-5 in eight starts at AT&T Park…Carmona fell to 2-6 in nine road starts…It was the Giants sixth series sweep this year.


The Time For Fausto Carmona To Bounce Back Is Now

(Sports Network) - Two pitchers looking to bounce back from dreadful outings will collide this evening at AT&T Park in the finale of a three-game set between the San Francisco Giants and the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians, who will try to avoid a sweep, will turn to Fausto Carmona, who is coming off a poor effort against Colorado. In less than five innings of work Carmona surrendered seven runs on nine hits and also walked two batters.

It was the sixth loss in the last seven starts for the right-hander, who is now 4-9 with an atrocious 5.98 earned run average on the year.

Most of Carmona's problems this season have come away from home, as the crafty veteran is just 2-5 with a 6.31 earned run average in eight outings.

The Giants will also send a pitcher to the mound looking to forget his last start, and that is Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had one of the worst performances of all-time, as the young hurler surrendered eight runs on nine hits and only recorded one out before leaving the game.

It was the third loss in the last four starts for Bumgarner and it also dropped his mark on the season to just 3-9. Surprisingly, Bumgarner is still in search of his first home victory. In seven starts at AT&T Park the southpaw is 0-5 with a poor 5.82 earned run average.

Yesterday, Miguel Tejada scored on a bases-loaded balk in the seventh inning as the Giants took a 1-0 win over the Indians.

The miscue by Tony Sipp made a winner out of Matt Cain (7-4) and lifted the Giants to their fourth straight win.

Cain gave up just four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Justin Masterson (5-6) was saddled with the loss as he was charged with the unearned run and four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

"That's the way it goes sometimes," Cain said. "You have to find ways to get runs across and do whatever you can. Us, as a staff, have to keep that lead when we get that chance."

Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 for the Indians, who have lost four of their last five.

"We didn't lose the game because of a balk," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We lost the game because of errors and walks and we left guys on base."

San Francisco won two of three encounters with Cleveland from June 24-26, 2008, while the Indians recorded a three-game sweep as the visitor back in the 2005 campaign.


Indians Vs. Giants Final: San Francisco Takes Advantage Of 2 Cord Phelps Errors, Tony Sipp Balk To Win 1-0

Top of the first inning: Michael Brantley and Cord Phelps open the game with singles, putting runners on first and second. Then — Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana fan and Grady Sizemore grounds out. Chance missed.

Top of the sixth (game still 0-0): Brantley leads off with a double. Then — Phelps moves the runner to third with a ground out, Asdrubal Cabrera grounds out, Santana walks, and Sizemore pops out. Chance missed.

Top of the eighth (Giants leading 1-0): Travis Hafner, pinch-hitting, singles. Adam Everett runs for Hafner and Brantley singles. Again, first and second with nobody out. Phelps lays down a sacrifice bunt. Then — Asdrubal Cabrera grounds into a fielder’s choice and Everett is retired at the plate, a passed ball moves Brantley to third and Cabrera to second, Santana is intentionally walked and Sizemore grounds out. Chance missed.

A one-two-three ninth inning from Brian Wilson and it was game over in San Francisco as the Giants defeated the Indians 1-0, with the only run scoring in the seventh on a Tony Sipp balk — but only because two errors on Phelps in the inning had helped to load the bases.

The victim and losing pitcher? Why, Justin Masterson, of course, who might very well be the poster child for lack of support.

In the Giants’ seventh, Masterson allowed a leadoff double to Nate Schierholtz, who was gunned down at third while trying to advance after he tripped between second and third and was caught in a rundown. Then Miguel Tejada reached on the first Phelps’ miscue,

A pop-up followed for the second out, but then pitcher Matt Cain reached on the second Phelps error, putting two on and ending the day for Masterson (5-6. 2.98 ERA). Tony Sipp came on and immediately walked Andres Torres, loading the sacks.

Then Sipp flinched from the set, which is a balk, and Tejada scored the one and only run of the game.

The beneficiary and winning pitcher was Cain (7-4, 3.22 ERA). Javier Lopez came on in the eighth and got out of the inning, holding the lead intact, and Brian Wilson picked up his second save in two nights, and his 23rd save of the season.

So the Tribe’s only chance to salvage a game out of this series will come on Sunday evening at 8:05 when Fausto Carmona will try to avoid losing his tenth game of the season.

The loss dropped Cleveland to 8-15 in June. The second-place Tigers will play on Saturday evening, and with Justin Verlander going for Detroit, there is a good chance that the Indians’ lead will once again be only percentage points by later tonight.


Surgery Probable For Shin-Soo Choo; Could Be Out Two Months

Shin-Soo Choo will return to Cleveland on Sunday and have his broken thumb looked at by Cleveland Clinic Dr. Thomas Graham on Monday. Choo thinks that surgery will probably be necessary, and there is a good chance that Choo will miss at least six weeks and possibly many more.

According to this story via, Choo also needed two to three stitches to close a cut on his left thumb caused by the hit-by-pitch from San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez.

"I feel bad for the team because I can't help," said Choo. "This is the same as in 2007 when we went to the postseason and I couldn't help because I had Tommy John surgery. I've been thinking about that a lot."

The break is probably a displaced fracture, which almost invariably requires surgery.

Travis Buck, recalled yet again from Columbus, and Austin Kearns will platoon in right field in Choo's absence.

"We're looking at our options externally and internally," Indians' manager Manny Acta said. "Right now it's tough to make a deal because a lot of teams are still in it."


Without Shin-Soo Choo, Indians Need Others To Step Up Against San Francisco On Saturday

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(Sports Network) – San Francisco will look to keep pace with Arizona in the National League West when the Giants host the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians in the second game of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

The Giants, who sit a half of a game behind the Diamondbacks, will send Matt Cain to the mound this afternoon. The last time Cain was on the hill, he held Oakland to just one run in seven innings, but since he received no run support, he did not manage a victory.

However, despite his inability to claim a win in that matchup, the right- hander is 6-4 on the year with a 3.44 ERA. Like most pitchers, Cain has pitched better at home, posting a 3-2 ledger with a 2.68 earned run average in six starts.

Cain has only faced Cleveland once before and the contest ended in a loss for the young hurler. In five innings he allowed four runs on eight hits.

The Indians will try to keep their one-game lead over Detroit when they send Justin Masterson to take on the Giants. Masterson opened the season with a 5-0 ledger through the month of April, but since then the right-hander has not seen the win column.

The young hurler is 0-5 in his last 10 outings. The last time Masterson was on the bump he only allowed two runs against Pittsburgh, but he lasted just five innings. He scattered seven hits in the contest and also struck out five batters.

Masterson, who has never faced the Giants, has pitched rather well on the road. In six starts outside of Cleveland Masterson is only 2-3, but has posted a respectable 3.03 earned run average.

On Friday, Andres Torres scored on Aubrey Huff’s foul popup down the left- field line, capping a three-run sixth inning and sending San Francisco to a 4-3 win over the Indians.

Torres had three hits, including a homer, for the Giants, who rallied from a three-run deficit to post their third straight victory. Their three runs in the sixth were unearned, helped by a pair of errors from first baseman Carlos Santana.

“We got a couple of breaks there, you take it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Carlos Carrasco (7-4) went the distance for the second time in his career, allowing six hits and fanning four. Santana stroked a two-run double in the opening inning for the Indians, who had just two hits and lost for the third time in four tries.

Jonathan Sanchez started on the mound for the Giants and was lifted after walking six batters in 4 2/3 innings. Santiago Casilla (1-1) escaped a bases- loaded jam in the fifth and got the win. Brian Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 22nd save.

Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo suffered a broken left thumb after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. With Choo headed to the disabled list, the Indians are expected to recall outfielder Travis Buck from Triple-A Columbus.

“He means so much to us, not only offensively, but defensively and running the bases,” Indians manager Manny Acta said of Choo. “He’s a very important part of our lineup. The way he’s been swinging the bat the last week or so, and the way we know he was going to swing the bat the rest of the season, it’s a big blow.”

San Francisco won two of three encounters with Cleveland from June 24-26, 2008, while the Indians recorded a three-game sweep as the visitor back in the 2005 campaign.


Indians Injuries Mounting With Loss Of Shin-Soo Choo

The worst fears of the Cleveland Indians were realized on Friday night when X-rays confirmed that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo would be lost for an undetermined amount of time with a broken left thumb, the result of a Jonathon Sanchez fastball in the 4th inning of the Tribe's 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Travis Buck, who was sent back to Columbis after Wednesday's win over the Colorado Rockies, was called back to the big-league club to replace Choo on the 25-man roster.

Choo left the game on Friday immediately after being hit, his batting glove needing to be cut off his hand due to the swelling.  No timetable was given for Choo, though anytime a batter has to deal with injuries around his hands there is cause for concern.

Choo had been struggling most of the season from the plate, batting just .244 with 5 home runs and 28 RBIs.  He's a weapon on defense, however, using his arm to keep base runners in check, something the Indians will be without while Choo is out.


Carlos Carrasco Goes The Distance In 4-3 Loss To Giants; Shin-Soo Choo Injured

Carlos Santana wasn't 'Smooth' against the San Francisco Giants tonight in the Bay Area, committing two errors in addition to being picked off first base as the Tribe fell to the defending World Champions 4-3.  Santana started the game in good shape, driving in the Indians' first two runs giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  The Indians added to the lead in the 4th inning when a Jack Hanahan single gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.  

It was 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Santana's leather work - or lack-thereof - became the undoing of the Indians.  After  a lead-off single, Santana committed his first error when he rushed a throw to second base on a ground ball by Nate Schierholtz.  Instead of a runner on first with one out, the Giants had two on, no outs.  After a single by Andres Torres loaded the bases, Santana struck again, this time when he could handle a ground ball to first that should have been an easy play to home.  Instead of no runs and two outs, the Indians' lead was cut to 3-2 and the big inning was on.

The Giants went on to score two more runs in the inning, both on sacrifice flies, and the damage was done.  Carrasco slammed his glove down and went straight into the clubhouse.  His night was not over, however, as the emerging ace retired six of the final seven batters he faced to go the distance.  Carrasco ended up pitching eight innings, giving up 6 hits while allowing 4 runs - only one earned - and striking out 4.  Carrasco needed just 91 pitches to mow down the Giants struggling offense.

The news could be a lot worse than just a loss for the Indians.  Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was forced to leave the game in the 4th inning when he was hit on the left hand with a Jonathon Sanchez pitch.  Shoo stayed on the ground for several minutes and the batting glove had to be cut off his swolen hand.  No word on Choo's condition was given tonight, but with Matt LaPorta already out, and Travis Hafner relegated to the bench in the National League ballparks, the Indians can ill-afford to lose Choo's bat and arm.

The Indians will get right back at it tomorrow at 4:10PM, a game that will be televised nationally on FOX.  Justin Masterson will face Matt Cain.

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