The Giants took their last series from the Pirates, even though their offense was lacking. The Giants' bench came back in the last game, scratching up seven runs, including a two run shot by newcomers, Jeffrey Hammonds.
With Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia both out of the lineup for sure for the entire series, the Giants will have to find more ways for offense because their recent abilities in the batter's box just isn't cutting it. New arm, Sidney Ponson suffered an undeserving loss because of the lack of run support, 2-0.
The Phillies come into San Francisco having lost their last game by one run to the Rockies. The Giants would love to get some revenge, and hits, off Kevin Millwood, but they will not see him in this series, or Brandon Duckworth, the other ace of the Phillies.
The Phillies are eying the wild card, and every game counts for them. They would like nothing better than to come into San Francisco to prove that they are a playoff team, but the Giants may have other things on their minds. Injuries.
Randy Wolf (11-6, 3.38 ERA)
Vicente Padilla (10-8, 3.57 ERA)
Brett Myers (11-6, 3.58 ERA)
Jesse Foppert (7-8, 5.27 ERA)
Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 5.05 ERA)
Jason Schmidt (12-4, 2.32 ERA)
One of Foppert's most impressive outings was against the Phillies, there he only gave up one run, but got the loss as Millwood shut the Giants' offense down with a no-hitter. He goes up against Randy Wolf, who has had decent success against the Giants.
After struggling through the entire league, Hermanson has earned a well deserving starting spot in the Giants' rotation after an impressive outing last week against the Reds to become the stopper for the Giants on their worst road trip. The Phillies have decent success against him, but the Giants have just as much success against Padilla.
In the last game of the series, Schmidt goes up against Myers. The Philles have hit Schmidt decently, and the Giants have great success against Myers. Schmidt only gave up two homeruns to the entire Phillies lineup, and Myers has not struck out any of the Giants, even though the Giants have not seen him much.
Jim Thome (.258)
J.T. Snow (.273)
Andres Galarraga (.308)
Thome is one of the best hitters in the league. Snow has been swinging the bat well for the Giants, coming up with important clutch hits, and collecting three RBIs in the last game against the Pirates.
Placido Polanco (.301)
Tomas Perez (.290)
Neifi Perez (.259)
The Giants lose a lot with Durham sidelined for the series. Perez is good defensively, but offensively he is lacking. Polanco, on the other hand, has been the hottest hitter as of late for the Phillies.
Jimmy Rollins (.265)
Nick Punto (.217)
Cody Ransom (.222)
Again, the Giants lose a lot by not just losing Durham, but Aurilia as well. The middle of the infield now consists of bench guys, who are solid defensively, but need some work in the batters' box, which gives the Phillies the edge.
Tyler Houston (.275)
Edgardo Alfonzo (.251)
Pedro Feliz (.226)
Alfonzo is finally beginning to swing his bat better and more consistently. With the injury to Bell, Houston has not been performing too well for the Phillies. Feliz has also been swinging the bat well, filling in for whatever position he needs to fill in for.
Mike Lieberthal (.315)
Tood Pratt (.292)
Benito Santiago (.286)
Yorvit Torrealba (.250)
Both Lieberthal and Santiago have been swinging the bat decently well for either teams, but the Giants may get a slight edge because of their back up catcher. Torrealba has proven time and time again that he is one of the leagues best back up catchers.
Pat Burrell (.197)
Barry Bonds (.330)
Bonds has not been hitting too many homeruns lately, but he has been getting on base and getting a few base hits to start rallies. His presence is that important to the Giants, even when he's not hitting jacks, his on-base percentage is a big threat. Burrell has been slumping this season, batting under .200.
Marlon Byrd (.305)
Ricky LeDee (.234)
Jason Michaels (.304)
Marquis Grissom (.303)
Byrd has been doing very well for the Phillies lately, and Grissom continues his consistent play for the Giants. Grissom also has a good record against the Phillies pitching staff.
Bobby Abreu (.297)
Jose Cruz, Jr. (.247)
Jeffrey Hammonds (.176)
Abreu has been another hot hitter for the Phillies, but Cruz is slowly getting out of his slump (and back in again, sometimes). Hammonds was the hero of the last game for the Giants, hitting his second career homerun to put the Giants over a tied game against the Pirates.
Jose Mesa has not been doing too well for the Phillies, but the entire Giants bullpen has been performing very well, either in long relief or short relief. Whenever they get into jams, they tend to get out of it, with the exception of Felix Rodriguez, who still hasn't redeemed himself of his Cincinnati problems.
Mike Williams and Tim Worrell both have twenty-five saves, but Williams has six blown saves and an ERA of 5.94, which is high for a closer. Since his trade from the Pirates, Williams has been solid for the Phillies. Worrell has had some shaky outings but has managed to get out of them undamaged.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at email@example.com
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