Ubaldo Jimenez failed to provide much of a spark in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, coughing up six runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.
The White Sox carved up Jimenez for four of the five runs on his line in the fifth inning. It was a disastrous frame in which the veteran right-hander allowed a total of five hits, plunked two batters, uncorked a wild pitch and -- just for good measure -- issued a walk. Thanks to all of that noise, Jimenez's ERA ballooned from 3.91 to 5.20 by the time he exited stage left. He will try to move that ghastly number back into respectability in a home start against the A's next time he toes the rubber.
Chris Sale lacked his usual pinpoint control in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Orioles, walking four while allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings.
Sale limited the damage on the scoreboard, but the four walks were wildly out of character for him. In his previous five starts combined (38 innings), he had handed out just five free passes. On the non-walk side of the equation, the ace southpaw scattered five hits while striking out six. Even a shaky Chris Sale start is not without its rewards. For the season, he holds a 1.66 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio. After surrendering six runs over his first two starts, he has yielded just three (two earned) over his last four outings. A home showdown with the Twins shows next on his schedule.
Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Mets.
Pence came through in stylish fashion on Sunday as the Giants evened their record at 13-13. The 33-year-old outfielder connected for a two-run homer off of Mets starter Noah Syndergaard in the fourth inning, then came through with another (less loud) RBI in the sixth when he notched a run-scoring single. Pence has been killing it through the first month of the season and now holds a .293/.393/.511 triple-slash with five homers and 22 RBI across 92 at-bats.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that Joe Panik (groin) won't be ready to return to the Giants lineup until Tuesday at the earliest.
Panik suffered a groin injury during the ninth inning of Friday's game and sat out the remainder of the weekend. It sounds as though he'll need at least one more day before he's ready to give it a go, but it doesn't appear as a trip to the disabled list will be necessary. The Giants will make a roster move on Monday to get an extra hitter in the mix with Panik and Angel Pagan both nursing minor injuries.
Angel Pagan is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mets with a mild hamstring strain.
He's expected to miss at least the next 2-to-3 days. Pagan suffered the injury while trying to stretch a single into a double during the seventh inning of Sunday's contest. Look for Gregor Blanco to see additional playing time in his absence.
Madison Bumgarner fired six shutout innings in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Mets.
Nice work by Bumgarner, who scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked three over the course of his time on the mound. While he has pitched inconsistently in places through his first six starts, Mad-Bum still holds a 3.03 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 45/13 K/BB ratio. If he can move that WHIP closer to his career mark of 1.12, it would almost certainly help to ease some of the ups and downs he has experienced thus far. A home start against the Rockies shows next on his schedule.
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start on Thursday at Triple-A Nashville.
Alvarez spun four shutout innings at High-A Stockton on Saturday, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out four. He's expected to be stretched out to around 75 pitches or five innings in that outing. After that, he may only need one more start before he's deemed ready to rejoin the A's rotation.
Noah Syndergaard surrendered four runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Syndergaard fanned six and walked two. It wasn't a poor outing by any stretch of the imagination, but a three-run fourth inning proved to be his downfall. He at least kept the pitch count respectable, exiting stage left after tossing 98 pitches. The 23-year-old right-hander holds a 2.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 44/6 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings (five starts). Prior to Sunday's contest, Syndergaard had pitched at least six innings in every outing. He will attempt to reach that plateau once more in a road duel with the Padres next time he takes to the mound.