National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, July 11 (All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (39-54) at San Francisco Giants (50-42), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Mike Bolsinger (1-5, 5.13) San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (8-5, 3.91)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games this weekend before the All-Star break, starting with Friday's series opener at AT&T Park.
The Giants have had a topsy-turvy first half to the season and are going through a rough stretch with losses in 21 of the last 29 games. They once had a 9 1/2-game lead atop the NL West and now sit a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
San Francisco recently lost three of four games against the Oakland Athletics in a home-and-home set in the Bay Area and dropped a 6-1 decision on Thursday. Oakland starter Scott Kazmir held the Giants in check with nine strikeouts and one walk over seven shutout innings.
Tim Hudson countered Kazmir for the Giants and wasn't as sharp, allowing all six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hudson is 0-4 in his last five starts.
"He was a little off today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Hudson. "Today he wasn't quite as sharp and didn't have quite the same action on his sinker and changeup."
Hunter Pence had two hits and Pablo Sandoval drove in the run for the Giants, who have lost 15 of the last 19 games at home.
The Giants didn't score first in the finale versus the A's, but when they do they have a 37-11 record. Tim Lincecum hopes to get some early run support when he takes the mound Friday and is 8-5 with a 3.91 earned run average.
Lincecum has won three straight starts and is 4-1 in his last five decisions He has surrendered only one run in his last three outings. In Sunday's 5-3 win at San Diego, the right-handed Lincecum held the Padres to a run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings with six K's and four walks.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has a 5-2 mark in 11 home starts, but is 0-2 in three starts against the D-backs this season (8.44 ERA). Lincecum has made 26 career starts against Arizona, going 8-10 with a 3.96 ERA.
San Francisco is 12-6 in Lincecum's starts.
Arizona has won three of its last four games and recently took two of three meetings with the Miami Marlins.
The Diamondbacks needed 10 innings to post a 4-3 win on Wednesday. David Peralta provided an RBI hit to score Aaron Hill, who led off the inning with a single. After Ender Inciarte walked, All-Star Paul Goldschmidt won it with a two-run double to left-center field.
"That whole inning was all started by Aaron Hill's at-bat," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "They put it in a position where Goldy could win the game for us, which he did."
Goldschmidt has reached base safely in 30 straight games.
Josh Collmenter tossed seven innings of one-run ball for the no-decision and Brad Ziegler picked up the win in relief even though the Marlins took the lead with two runs in the top of the 10th.
Mike Bolsinger looks to pitch the D-backs to a series-opening win Friday and the rookie is just 1-5 with a 5.13 ERA. He has lost three straight outings and is winless (0-4) in the past six. In Saturday's 10-4 drubbing at the hands of Atlanta at Turner Field, Bolsinger gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Bolsinger is 1-4 in five road starts and lost to the Giants on June 22 in a 4-1 setback. He pitched well in defeat, charged with only one run in 7 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. In nine starts with Triple-A Reno this season, he was 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA.
The D-backs are 4-6 against the Giants this season. Goldschmidt is hitting .343 with six doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in the season series.
07/11 10:59:39 ET