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Pre-Game & Lineups: San Francisco Giants Look To Bounce Back As Angel Pagan Returns

By Eric Nathanson

The Giants play the 2nd game of a 3 game series against the Rockies in Denver tonight. First pitch is 5:40 PT as RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.92 ERA) faces off against RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-2, 4.46 ERA).

Good news everybody, Angel Pagan is back in the lineup in his usual leadoff spot.

The Giants look to bounce back after a tough defeat last night. Nolan Arenado hit a game winning double in the bottom of the 9th off Sergio Romo to give the Rockies the win. It was a tough game between the top two teams in the NL West.

The Giants still hold a 2 game lead in the division and have the most wins in the National League with 28.

The lineups for tonight’s game.

Matt Cain is making is second start since returning from the DL with a cut finger. He earned his fist victory of the season in his last start, Thursday against Miami. He earned a no decision in his last start at Coors Field back in April despite allowing 7 runs in 6 innings.

As usual, Troy Tulowitzki will be a threat tonight. Lifetime he is hitting .333 with 5 home runs off Cain. Carlos Gonzalez has been absolutely owned by Matt Cain. He is hitting .091 with 17 strikeouts in 44 at bats.

Pablo Sandoval‘s hitting streak came to an end at 9 games last night. He’ll have a good chance to start another one tonight against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. Sandoval hs 8 hits off the right-hander and 5 have gone for extra bases.

With Buster Posey missing another game, Sandoval may need to provide some power for the offense.

Hunter Pence has raised his batting average over 100 points in the last month. In that time he raised his average from .181 on April 21st, to .286 heading in to tonight’s game. His .335 average over that time was the 5th highest in the National League.

This is the 13th straight game the Giants have against an opponent that is .500 or better. So far this season they are 19-9 in such games.

The Giants scored all 4 runs with 2 outs again last night. That’s 8 straight runs scored with two outs. They continue to lead all of baseball with 90 RBI with two outs.