Perhaps a visit from the New York Mets can wake up San Francisco's struggling offense and help the Giants end their current skid.
After being shut out in back-to-back contests, the Giants look to avoid a season-high fifth straight loss by continuing their recent success against the Mets on Monday night.
San Francisco (55-46) opened its current 10-game homestand with two wins over San Diego, but has since totaled six runs while losing the next four. After being blanked in the last two of a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers , the Giants are just one percentage point ahead of their NL West rivals."Sometimes you are just going to get it handed to you," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The important thing is how we handle it. We're still in a great situation."
The Giants, who have not been shut out in three straight games since June 23-25, 1992, managed five hits in each of the last two games versus Los Angeles and did not get a runner past second in Sunday's 4-0 defeat."We can't afford to think too much about this one," losing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said. "If anything, it makes us a little mad and we can take it out on the Mets."
That's very possible considering San Francisco has won 11 of 15 against New York (49-53), including six of eight at AT&T Park. The Giants also won't face All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who earned his NL-leading 14th win in Sunday's 5-1 victory at Arizona.
That was the Mets' third win in their last 17 games. Despite Dickey's effort Sunday, Mets pitchers have posted a 5.64 ERA during that stretch.
San Francisco All-Star Melky Cabrera is batting .353, but is 3 for 15 in the last four games. Cabrera went 3 for 13 with five walks when his team took three of four in New York in April.
The Giants hope to get back on track against Mets rookie Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40 ERA), who makes his second straight start in place of the injured Johan Santana and fifth overall. The right-hander gave up three runs and two homers in a 5-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday.
Hefner allowed three hits in three scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut April 23 against San Francisco.
The Giants counter with Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10), who is 7-1 with a 1.89 ERA in nine home starts this season. The left-hander took the mound in San Francisco's most recent victory, a 3-2 home win over the Padres on Tuesday, when he did not factor in the decision despite giving up two runs and striking out nine in seven innings.
He allowed a run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 victory April 23 in his only appearance against the Mets.
Scott Hairston is 0 for 6 against Bumgarner, but had two hits and two RBIs on Sunday. The subject of trade rumors, Hairston is 5 for 10 with four RBIs in his last three games."Once I get to the ballpark I just focus on doing my job," he said.
After homering three times in New York's 6-3 loss on Saturday, Ike Davis went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in the finale. He went 1 for 14 with seven strikeouts against the Giants in April.
|New York Mets|
|July 21, 2012||Johan Santana||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|July 11, 2012||Dillon Gee||Day-to-Day||Bloot clot in right shoulder|
|July 08, 2012||Dillon Gee||15-Day DL||Blood clot in right shoulder|
|July 03, 2012||Kirk Nieuwenhuis||Day-to-Day||Bruised right hand|
|June 23, 2012||Frank Francisco||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|June 16, 2012||Jason Bay||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 25, 2012||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 18, 2012||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left knee sprain|
|July 17, 2012||Hector Sanchez||Day-to-Day||Left knee sprain|
|June 26, 2012||Shane Loux||15-Day DL||Strained neck|
|June 11, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|June 11, 2012||Aubrey Huff||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Scott Hairston planned to relax and watch a little television when he got back to the hotel. He'll go sleep thinking he will remain with New York the rest of the season.
"I can't predict the future but I'm content where I'm at," Hairston said of trade rumors. "I'm expecting to be in the dugout tomorrow."
Hairston hit his second homer of the game, connecting in the 10th inning to send the Mets past the reeling San Francisco Giants 8-7 Monday night.
The Giants have lost five in a row, all at home, and were coming off a sweep by Los Angeles. San Francisco still leads the NL West by one percentage point over the Dodgers.
Hairston hit a two-run homer in the eighth as the Mets scored four times for a 6-4 lead. Buster Posey and Nate Schierholtz had RBI doubles in the Giants ninth to tie it.
"A lot of things happened in that game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We swung the bats better but we also made mistakes that came back to get us."
Hairston hit a solo homer in the 10th off Santiago Casilla (4-5) and the Mets scored again on an error. The Giants got a run in their half before Manny Acosta earned his first save.
"We've had a lot of late-inning rallies, a lot of two-out hits," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "For two years in a row Manny has been an outstanding pitcher. I told him to relax and make some pitches."
Josh Edgin (1-0) got his first major league victory.
Hairston hit a tying homer in the eighth and pinch hitter Justin Turner and Rob Johnson also drove in runs in the inning against Sergio Romo .
Hairston has 14 home runs against the Giants, his most versus any team. Romo was tagged for four runs, matching what he had allowed in his previous 30 2-3 innings.
"I just try to do the best I can against everybody," Hairston said. "It just happens to be the Giants I have a lot of success against."
Bobby Parnell gave up Posey's double and Edgin allowed Schierholtz's tying hit, giving the Mets their 17th blown save.
Ronny Cedeno added two RBIs for the Mets. Marco Scutaro and Ryan Theriot each had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out nine.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed four runs on 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Scutaro's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Mets OF Mike Baxter was activated from the disabled list after OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's game in Arizona. ... Andres Torres has hit safely in 11 straight road games. ... Cedeno's double was the Mets' 201st of the season, which trails only the Boston Red Sox. ... Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (4-11, 5.88) goes for the Giants on Tuesday night. He's beaten the Mets in his last four starts against them. ... RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) will make his second major league appearance for the Mets. ... Aubrey Huff recorded his first RBI since June 2. ... Mets OF Jason Bay ended a 0-for-23 streak with a sixth-inning single, just shy of his career worst 0-for-24. ... Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to score a run as a pinch runner since Brad Hennessey in 2008.