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6th Inning Slam Puts Giants Past Worley, Phillies

Giants 7, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Lincecum (4-10, 5.72)
LP – Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82)

PHILADELPHIA — Through five innings Vance Worley was nearly unhittable.

With eight strikeouts and only a run and three hits allowed, Worley began the 6th inning. After loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, Worley gave up a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

After walking the next batter, a grand slam by Brandon Crawford blew the game wide open and it gave the Giants a 6-1 lead. They were the first four of a five-RBI night for Crawford, who went 2-for-4 in the win.

San Francisco went on to win 7-2, riding a tremendous pitching performance from Tim Lincecum.

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Series Preview: vs San Francisco Giants

PHI: 41-52, 5th in NL East; SF: 51-41, 1st in NL West

When: July 20-22
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) vs Tim Lincecum (3-10, 5.93)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) vs Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) vs TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phillies, Giants Save Best For Last

Phillies SP Cliff Lee pitched 10 scoreless innings in the Phillies 1-0 loss to the Giants. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The pitching probables looked like a fight card heading into the Phillies, Giants series.

There was the big aces duel between Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum which Halladay took handedly. Then there was the mismatched battle between Joe Blanton and Madison Bumgarner which the Giants righty took with ease.

The main event: Cliff Lee and Matt Cain. Two of the wealthiest pitchers in the National League and famous Robins to their respective Batmans that pitched the Monday night match up.

On Wednesday, the two sidekicks combined to pitch 19 shut out innings, each earning no-decisions in a Giants 1-0 win that rewarded people who stayed up late on the east coast to watch an instant classic in the young 2012 campaign.

“This is one I’ll remember,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has seen thousands of ballgames. “It doesn’t get any better than what we saw tonight.”

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Giants Pitching Out-Duels Phillies in 11

Giants OF Melky Cabrera celebrates after his walk-off single in the 11th inning as the Giants beat the Phillies, 1-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The rubber match of the Giants and Phillies series featured an outstanding pitcher’s duel between the Phillies Cliff Lee and the Giants Matt Cain.

The duel would not see a winner between the two aces but the Giants as a team took the rubber match, beating the Phillies 1-0 in an 11-inning pitcher’s duel.

Double plays were turned, defensive plays were made, and both pitcher’s barely broke a sweat. The Phillies could only muster two hits in the first nine innings off Matt Cain.

Cliff Lee was outstanding as well, pitching 10 innings while giving up seven hits, no runs or walks, striking out seven. He only threw 102 pitches (81 for strikes), and turned four Giants double plays.

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Phils Offense Sputters Again

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco argues with 3B umpire Marty Foster after he failed to tag out Buster Posey on a stolen base in the 5th inning. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Phillies offense fell back to earth, sputtering in their struggle to get above .500.

It was Madison Bumgarner who kept the Phillies hitting at bay this time as the Giants went on to win, 4-2, in San Francisco.

Madison Bumgarner out-dueled Blanton in his first start since signing a contract extension with the Giants. He went six-plus innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

Joe Blanton wasn’t good by any means but he pitched well enough for a number-five starter. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

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Phils Beat Up Lincecum Early In Win

Giants starter Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout during the Phillies 5-2 win. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

On a crisp evening in the Bay Area, the Philadelphia Phillies brought their bats in their series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Opposing pitcher Tim Lincecum came into tonight’s matchup opposite Roy Halladay with an 0-1 record and an 12.91 earned run average. The two time Cy-Young award winner’s early season woes continued as the Phillies used an aggressive first inning approach in their 5-2 victory over the Giants.

The Phillies tapped Lincecum for five runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings. It was the first time all season Lincecum went as far as the 6th inning but he still hasn’t given up fewer than five runs in a start.

After a one-out Placido Polanco double and Jimmy Rollins walk, Hunter Pence hit a line drive single to center to draw first blood. Shane Victorino and Laynce Nix would bring in the next three runs on a single and double respectively.

Collective groans could be heard in AT&T park, as Giants fans were seeing yet another slow Lincecum start where he failed to locate his fastball.

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Halladay, Lincecum Meet For First Time Since 2010 NLCS

The first two starts have cast a dark shadow on the early season for Tim Lincecum, who has allowed 15 runs in just 7 1/3 innings of baseball. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

The 4-5 starts may not be an indication of how good the Phillies and Giants really are. But slow starts aside, they are the National League’s two best teams and tonight they will be throwing their best out on the hill to face each other.

It will be the first of a three-game series out in San Francisco (Series Preview by Keiana Williams).

Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum are the faces of both of those teams, which share a passion for pitching while the offense leaves a lot to be desired on a nightly basis.

Their paths first met in the 2010 NLCS where Halladay and Lincecum dueled in Game 1 and Game 5. Lincecum got the best of Doc in the first match up while Halladay kept his team alive in Game 5.

But Lincecum’s squad got the last laugh, winning the series in six games and winning the World Series.

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Series Preview: at San Francisco Giants

PHI: 4-5, 4th in NL East; SF: 4-5, 4th in NL West

When: April 16-18
Where: AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60) v. Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91)
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) v. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) v. Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:15, TCN
Tuesday, 10:15, TCN
Wednesday, 10:15, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Burrell to Retire as Phillie

In 2008, Pat Burrell led the parade down Broad Street. (John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies will have one more campaign with left fielder Pat Burrell, though it will only last a day.

The 35-year-old slugger, who retired after last season, will sign a one-day contract with the Phillies so that he could retire with the team that drafted him with the first overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft.

Burrell, who is currently a professional scout for the San Francisco Giants, will be honored before the Phillies May 19 game against the Boston Red Sox.

Burrell played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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