Pre-game & lineups 7/13: San Francisco Giants need a win before all-star break

By Denise Walos

Jul 8, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants take on the Diamondbacks in game three today at 1:05pm at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner (9-7, 3.36 ERA) is starting today which means he definitely won’t be pitching in the MLB all star-game on Tuesday. The Giants need him on the mound to look to take the series from the last place Diamondbacks who will start recently acquired LHP Vidal Nuno (2-5, 4.98 ERA).

Bumgarner had a rough few starts and has lost his last three decisions. His record in June and July is 2-5 with a 4.13 ERA. Here’s how the matchup looks against the Dbacks. Nuno was traded to the Diamondbacks from the Yankees last week for Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations. He shut out the Marlins in seven innings in his debut for the Dbacks on July 9. He was 2-5 with a 5.92 ERA with the Yankees this season.

As expected, Marco Scutaro will not be starting today after his back tightened up after playing his first game back yesterday, going 0-3 with a walk.   


Congratulations to Tim Hudson, who will replace Bumgarner in the all-star game this week.