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Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants Preview and Predictions 08-02-2020

Two pitchers -- one with fond memories of June 2015, the other not so much -- meet for the first time Sunday afternoon when the San Francisco Giants host the Texas Rangers to wrap up a three-game series.

The game pits Giants 35-year-old right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 11.25 ERA), who last pitched against the Rangers on June 2, 2015, against Rangers 22-year-old lefty Kolby Allard (0-0, 0.00), who was still attending San Clemente High near Los Angeles on that day.

Pitching then for the Chicago White Sox, Samardzija became a footnote in history that night more than five years ago when he served up not only Joey Gallo's first major league hit -- a two-run single in the first inning -- but also the slugger's first career home run: a two-run shot two innings later.

The Rangers won the game 15-2. Gallo finished with three hits and four RBIs. The two haven't squared off since.

No doubt, Samardzija remembers the night. He also got nailed for a booming double by the highly regarded prospect, and gushed about him afterward.

"He looked pretty good to me," Samardzija assured reporters. "He definitely likes the ball in. I threw three in there, and he hit every single one of them. He looks like a heck of a player."

Six days later, Allard was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Braves. He subsequently decommitted from UCLA to sign his first pro contract.

Considered to be a sports fanatic -- he once went trick-or-treating as Johnny Manziel -- Allard played on the same freshman baseball team as New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. They were in the same class at San Clemente, with Darnold going on from there to USC.

Allard has never faced the Giants and will be making his first start of the season.

After beginning the season as a bullpen option, he earned the starting assignment when the Rangers lost Corey Kluber for the season with a shoulder injury.

"Obviously that's like the elephant in the room," Allard responded when asked this week if he felt pressure replacing the staff ace. "But obviously there's no way you can really replace Corey. Corey's Corey."

He went 4-2 with a 4.96 ERA in nine starts for the Rangers last season.

Allard's five career wins are 75 fewer than Samardzija, who has recorded victories over 25 of the majors' 30 teams.

The Rangers aren't on that list, along with the Cubs, Mets, Yankees and Mariners. Samardzija has gone 0-2 against Texas with a 6.30 ERA in three starts.

The Giants will be going for a three-game sweep, having used a powerful offense to produce a 9-2 series-opening win on Friday night, before getting a combined seven-hitter from seven pitchers in a 7-3 victory on Saturday.

The Rangers lost the rematch despite getting a home run from Scott Heineman, whose brother, Tyler, had a double in the game for the Giants.

San Francisco's Donovan Solano has been the big hitter in the series with three hits and four RBIs. He leads the Giants with 13 RBIs in nine games.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

San Francisco Giants

  • Jeff Samardzija

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Samardzija has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Donovan Solano

    Abdominal
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Solano missed his second straight game due to abdominal soreness, and it is unknown if he will play Friday against the Athletics.

  • Drew Smyly

    Finger
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Smyly is out of action with a strained left finger, and the team has put him on the 10-day injured list until at least the latter part of August.

  • Pablo Sandoval

    Personal
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Sandoval was absent from the lineup during the previous game due to a personal matter, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up against the Athletics on Friday.

  • Yolmer Sanchez

    Back
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Sanchez will be on the 10-day injured list until at least the latter part of August due to a back injury.

  • Austin Slater

    Elbow
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Slater was a late scratch from the previous game with right elbow soreness, and his status for Friday's tilt versus the Athletics is up in the air.

  • Trevor Cahill

    Finger
    Prob Wed | probable

    Cahill is dealing with a fingernail issue, but is expected to return to the mound against the Astros on Wednesday.

  • Pablo Sandoval

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Sandoval is absent from the lineup due to a family matter, and it is unknown when he will rejoin the team.

Texas Rangers

  • Robinson Chirinos

    Ankle
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Chirinos sat out the previous game with soreness in his left ankle, and it is unknown if he will be available Friday versus the Rockies.

  • Nick Goody

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Goody has landed on the 10-day injured list with back spasms, and the severity of the injury is unknown.

  • Joe Palumbo

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Palumbo has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a flareup of ulcerative colitis, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Nick Goody

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Goody is out of commission due to lower-back tightness, and it is uncertain when he will return.

  • Greg Bird

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Bird has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain and has been shut down for an extended period.

  • Shin-Soo Choo

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Choo is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Angels on Saturday as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

  • Joey Gallo

    Wrist
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gallo missed the last game due to soreness in his right wrist. It is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's contest against the Angels.

  • Rafael Montero

    Elbow
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    Montero has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to tendonitis in his right elbow. It is projected that he will return Friday against the Angels.

san-francisco-giants Stats 2020

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texas-rangers Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB