Quick Hits for April18, 2014

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THE GIANTS… Completed their ” rst homestand of the season, finishing with a 5-4 record against Arizona (1-2), Colorado (2-1) and Los Angeles (2-1)…SF hit .243 on the home stand while averaging 3.6 runs per game (32 runs)…the pitching staff fashioned a 2.93 ERA.

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JEREMY AFFELDT… Made his 2014 debut yesterday, tossing 2.0-scoreless innings while allowing one hit.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has appeared in 13/16 games, mostly as a defensive replacement (two starts ; one in LF, one in CF).

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HUNTER PENCE… Has started to heat up with five hits in his last 11 at-bats and has gone 9-for-27 (.333) in his past seven games.

Battle

Quick Hits for April 17, 2014

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MACHI’S WINS… With his third relief win last night, RHP Jean Machi is the first Giants pitcher since Bob Shaw in 1964 to have three relief wins this early into the season (15 team games).

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THE GIANTS… Have gone 5-3 on this nine-game, 10-day home stand against Arizona (1-2), Colorado (2-1) and now Los Angeles (2-0)…a win today and they can earn their first sweep of the season and their first sweep over the Dodgers since also brooking them last season from May 3-5 here at AT&T Park.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Drove in the winning run last night with a RBI single in the 7th inning.

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BRANDON BELT… Enters play today tied for the second most HRs in the Majors (5).

Beat LA

Quick Hits for April 16, 2014

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BRANDON HICKS… Is tied with Pablo Sandoval for the team lead with eight walks this season.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Has started five of SF’s first 14 games (four at 2B and one at SS).

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ANOTHER WALK-OFF… For the second consecutive game, the Giants won last night in walk-off fashion as C Hector Sanchez drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th…according to ESPN Stats & Info, it’s the latest walk-off hit by a Giants player against the Dodgers in more than 10 years, and Sanchez became just the fifth Giant in the past 50 seasons with a walk-o! hit against the Dodgers in the 12th inning or later.

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THAT WAS A LONG ONE… Last night’s 12-inning contest lasted four hours and 54 minutes, the second-longest game time between the Giants and Dodgers since 1987.

Lucky 42

Tonight was a special night thought Major League Baseball as we honored the legacy of Jackie Robinson.  67 years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier at Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623 spectators – aproximately 14,000 of whom were African-American.  For the game today, baseball families came together to remember his lasting legacy with every payer and coach wearing number 42 to celebrate the diversity and connectivity of our National Pastime.

 

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