Giants starters hanging zeros on opposition

Giants starters hanging zeros on opposition

SAN FRANCISCO -- After three straight shutouts in the series sweep of the Dodgers, manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants aimed to continue their starting pitching success in Thursday's series opener against the Reds.

Entering the contest, Giants starting pitchers had posted a 0.32 ERA over the last four games and a 2.10 ERA in the last seven.

"It gets a little contagious," Bochy said of the starting pitching. "You get on a roll, you get some momentum going, some mojo going, then things start rolling. Then you get a nice streak together. It really helps the team together.

The three shutouts the Giants posted against the Dodgers marked the first time the club had held their division rivals without a run over a three-game set. After watching Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong each throw seven scoreless innings in the first two games of the series, Tim Lincecum produced his own scoreless seven-inning start in Wednesday's 3-0 win.

Bochy said that there is a healthy amount of pressure to continue the strong starting pitching within the rotation, but that the team isn't exactly requiring a shutout from Thursday's starter Madison Bumgarner.

"I'll say this: Timmy wanted to keep up with those guys," Bochy said. "But it's a different team, and Madison doesn't have to do that. He just needs to go out and give us what he normally does."