Regular-season Lee too good for Giants

After the Giants score eight runs in a game at home for the first time all season on Wednesday, Orlando Cabrera expressed a sentiment that Giants fans have experienced all season long.

“Man, finally. I was starting to worry,”  Cabrera said after the Giants’ 8-1 win over Arizona on Wednesday. “I’d like to believe if you win the World Series you have to hit at some point. It’s basically the same team.”

Don’t tell that to Cliff Lee.

The left-handed pitcher the Giants handled so well in the World Series shut out the Giants Thursday night as the Phillies won the opener of a four-game series 3-0.

For Lee vs. the Giants, maybe it’s a regular season/postseason thing. Lee entered Thursday’s game 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA in three regular-season starts with the Indians and Phillies against the Giants.

In the postseason, he’s 0-2 with 6.94 ERA vs. San Francisco.

  • If you wanted to take some good news from Thursday, it’s that Madison Bumgarner worked his way out a recent funk. After another one of “those” first innings in his last start in Cincinnati, Bumgarner got off to a rough start Thursday against the Phillies. He escaped the first thanks to a couple of breaks — a caught stealing of Jimmy Rollins at third (those replays showed him safe) and a line drive double play off the bat of Ryan Howard. MadBum led off the second by allowing back-to-back homers to Hunter Pence and John Mayberry. With the way Lee was pitching that was plenty for the Phillies. Even so, Bumgarner regrouped and finished with six scoreless innings and a quality start.
  • Carlos Beltran went 1 for 4 Thursday with his 31st double of the year and first with the Giants. After beginning his Giants tenure 1 for 14 with six strikeouts, Beltran has hit in his last five games with San Francisco, going 8 for 20 with a double, two triples and no strikeouts in that stretch.
  • For what it’s worth, Zach Wheeler, the pitching prospect dealt in the Beltran deal, made his debut for Class A St. Lucie Mets on Monday. He pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. He had four strikeouts and no walks.
  • Cody Ross went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts against Lee.
  • Pitcher Alex Hinshaw was designated for assignment to make room for Mark DeRosa on the 40-man roster. DeRosa was activated from the 60-day DL, but did not appear in Thursday’s game.
  • Vance Worley, who through a complete game in a 7-2 win over the Giants on July 26, gets the start Friday against Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez is making his first start since coming off the DL with biceps tendinitis. Sanchez was 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA (4 ER in 11 IP), 13 strikeouts and five walks in two rehab starts for Triple-A Fresno.

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