July 31, 2011 by staff
Mlb Schedule, San Francisco Giants arrived in Cincinnati on Friday with a feather in his cap after delivery of the Phillies their first home defeat of the season series, but immediately found themselves in a marathon entry 13 in steam conditions at earned a final loss to the Black and Orange. But tonight seeking revenge as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound to face Mike Leake and the Reds, seeking his third straight win for the first time this season.
It’s been a bit of a saw to Bumgarner season (6-9 3.56 ERA) so far, but the young left-hander has been dominant in recent times. He allowed only one run and eight hits in seven 2 / 3 innings against the Brewers in his last start, and five quality starts in his last six turns in the rotation. Similarly, it has allowed more than two walks in his last 19 starts, rather than a Giants pitcher had done since Juan Marichal in 1970-1971 in a period of 21 consecutive starts. Bummy last took the Reds in early June, keeping Cincy to one run and eight hits in seven innings of work at AT & T Park; hopefully he can do something similar in the Great American Ballpark tonight.
The Reds sent right-hander Mike Leake (8-6 04.04 ERA), who is trying to stop a run of two games of his own after leaving his last two decisions. He pitched well in his starts, however, allowing only three runs in 12 1 / 3 innings of work. He took over the Giants on June 11, throwing eight straight chicken eggs along four hits and season-high eight strikeouts. However, the Giants are batting .396 against Leake in his attempt in this series, even at a game apiece.
The Giants are 8-0-2 in their last 10 series played, and the winners of nine of their last 14 games. They are also 19-4 in the three-game series this year, another impressive statistic.
First pitch is scheduled for 16:10 PT tonight with coverage of CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 IS.
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