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Game Of The Week: Giants At Rangers Preview

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Recap:

In the series opener on Friday night at Globe Life Park, the Texas Rangers took advantage of Madison Bumgarner (3.39, 11-6) and the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers took an early 6-2 lead which included homers by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus that was too much for the Giants to overcome. Bumgarner allowed six runs on nine hits but still managed to strike out an impressive eight batters. The Rangers’ Nick Martinez (6-6, 4.01) pitched six and a third innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four, taking game one with a score of 6-3.

In the second game of the third game series, Cole Hamels (ERA 3.76) took his first start as a member of the Texas Rangers and although the Giants were able to get three runs off of him in the third, he was able to bounce back and go three scoreless innings until San Francisco bounced back in the seventh inning. After seven and two thirds innings he allowed five runs off of eight hits; striking out six batters. Chris Heston (ERA 3.24) pitched four and two thirds innings allowing three runs off of seven hits. With a late game rally, the Giants tied the game at seven runs apiece and forced extra innings. In the top of the eleventh, Hunter Pence hit a solo homerun off of Sam Dyson on a line drive to left center field to take the lead. After a pitching change from the Rangers, Brandon Belt then hit his twelfth homerun of the season on a line drive to center filed for a 9-7 ballgame, tying the series. The rubber match is now set for Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

Matchup:

Giants-

RHP Mike Leake (3.56, 9-5) will make his first start since joining the San Francisco Giants last week toward the end of the trade deadline. His career monthly ERA is the highest in the month of August spiking to nearly 5.00, which will make it interesting to see how he performs with his new team. The 27 year old is 9-5 on the season in twenty one games with the Cincinnati Reds.

Rangers-

LHP Martin Perez (10.50, 0-2) will be making his fourth start since returning from Tommy John Surgery. In his last outing against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night he went just one plus innings allowing eight runs. In his first start on July 17th against the Houston Astros he went five innings and then on July 22nd he went six innings against the Colorado Rockies.

Probable Lineups:

Giants-

Angel Pagan DH

Joe Panik 2B

Matt Duffy 3B

Buster Posey C

Hunter Pence RF

Brandon Belt 1B

Brandon Crawford SS

Gregor Blano CF

Nori Aoki LF

Rangers-

Delino DeShields CF

Elvis Andrus SS

Prince Fielder DH

Adrian Beltre 3B

Josh Hamilton LF

Shin Soo Choo RF

Adam Rosales 1B

Rougned Odor 2B

Chris Gimenez C

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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