|SAN FRANCISCO ( HUDSON )|
WASHINGTON ( FISTER )
|903||SAN FRANCISCO||+145||Ov 7,-125||+135||Ov 7,-125|
|904||WASHINGTON||-155||Un 7,+105||-145||Un 7,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-35||+6.7||44-33||4.1||0.251||0.307||3.7||0.238||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||4-3||5.0||0.306||0.337||3.0||0.247||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-40||-1.6||43-42||4.1||0.243||0.309||3.3||0.235||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||4-2||4.6||0.285||0.366||2.7||0.207||0.266|
|8/8/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||2-4||L||105||7 ev||U||12||8||3||7||2||1|
|8/9/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||135||7 ov||U||4||4||0||9||3||0|
|8/10/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||4-7||L||145||7.5 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|8/12/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-3||L||+110||6 un||U||9||8||0||5||6||0|
|8/13/2014||PEAVY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-1||W||-120||7 un||O||7||4||0||5||5||1|
|8/19/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||1-2||L||-110||8 ov||U||11||9||0||3||4||0|
|8/20/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||8-3||W||-130||8.5 un||O||14||8||0||11||5||0|
|8/21/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-3||W||-175||8.5 un||U||12||8||0||9||7||0|
|8/22/2014||HUDSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||LINCECUM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||VOGELSONG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||BUMGARNER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|8/8/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||6-7||L||-115||6.5 un||O||6||3||1||9||5||2|
|8/9/2014||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||4-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||11||9||0||9||11||0|
|8/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||1-3||L||105||7 un||U||5||7||0||9||10||1|
|8/12/2014||FISTER(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||7-1||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||5||0||9||9||0|
|8/13/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||3-2||W||-115||7 un||U||8||6||3||9||8||1|
|8/14/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||4-1||W||-150||7 un||U||5||8||1||3||3||0|
|8/22/2014||FISTER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||STRASBURG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - From every slot in a talented, experienced rotation to the back end of the bullpen and in between, to the starting fielders and the role players on the bench, it's hard to find a member of the San Francisco Giants pleased with his 2013 season.|
A year after winning the World Series, the Giants finished 10 games under .500, third in the NL West and they missed the playoffs.
''We don't even have to have the conversation, a lot of the guys know it,'' right-hander Matt Cain said. ''We didn't pitch the way that we wanted to.''
As the Giants begin a new year, they will try to keep up with the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and regain the grip they had on the NL West when the club won World Series championships in 2010 and `12 - even if everybody expects the Dodgers to be the team to beat.
''You do try to reflect back and try to learn from what happened last year and how you can get better,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You move forward, that's what we had to do. There are some things we'll talk about in the spring, mistakes that we made last year. Also, hopefully guys come in with an attitude, that they weren't happy with what happened the year before and want to get back on track.''
Buster Posey certainly doesn't want to spend too much time thinking about last season.
''That's probably how everybody feels. There's a bad taste in a lot of guys' mouths,'' Posey said. ''We want to come out and focus on winning ballgames.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Nationals Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (67-59) at Washington (73-53), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After another game-ending celebration at home plate, the Washington Nationals are on the verge of the longest winning streak in franchise history.
Washington tries to make it 11 in a row Friday night when it opens a three-game home series against the San Francisco Giants.
Denard Span scored from second on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Nationals beat Arizona 1-0 on Thursday. Five of Washington's last six victories have come in walkoff fashion, the first such stretch by any team since Houston did it in 1986.
"We just feel confident that somehow, some way we're going to find a way to inch off a victory," Span said after stealing his career-high 27th base.
Washington (73-53) has outscored opponents 46-23 during its run, which is tied with Kansas City for the longest in the majors this season.
"I understand appreciating what you have and working hard to get what you want," Nationals manager and former Giants star Matt Williams said. "That's important to me and it's important to those guys, so that's how we approach it."
Washington will try to stay hot behind Doug Fister (12-3, 2.20 ERA), who is 7-1 with a 1.57 ERA over his last 10 starts. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs over seven innings in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning victory over Pittsburgh.
Fister's 1.76 ERA at home ranks as baseball's second-lowest among pitchers with at least eight starts. He threw seven scoreless innings to win 2-1 at San Francisco on June 10 in his only appearance against the Giants.
San Francisco (67-59) is seeking a fifth win in six games after taking two of three from the Cubs. After falling 2-1 in the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game earlier in the day, the Giants won 5-3 on Thursday.
Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval went a combined 7 for 8 with three RBIs in the victory as San Francisco remained 3 1/2 games behind NL West-leading Los Angeles. The Giants are one game ahead of Atlanta for the second wild-card spot.
Tim Hudson (8-9, 3.03) takes the mound for San Francisco looking to snap a five-start winless drought. The right-hander has gone 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA over that stretch while receiving five runs of support.
Hudson was tagged for five runs over four-plus innings against Philadelphia on Saturday. He'll try to bounce back against a franchise he's baffled over the years.
Hudson is 17-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 30 matchups, tied for his most wins against any team. He allowed one unearned run over seven innings in a 7-1 victory over the Nationals on June 12, improving to 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last four starts against them.
Span is 2 for 17 in their matchups while Danny Espinosa is 5 for 27 with 10 strikeouts. Jayson Werth has hit Hudson well, going 15 for 41 with three homers and four doubles.
San Francisco outfielder Michael Morse will be making his first appearance in Washington since spending 2009-12 with the Nationals. He's batting .405 over his last 12 games.
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence has four homers and eight RBIs over an eight-game stretch at Nationals Park, where San Francisco has dropped seven of eight.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:26:27 AM EST|