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matt cain means business; giants magazine june 2010

Quick Hits for September 1, 2014

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ANGEL PAGAN… Is 10-for-22 (.455) over his last five games.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Led Giants’ offense yesterday, going 3-for-4 with three runs, a triple and two-run HR.

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BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .455 (20×44) with 11 runs, three 2Bs, 3B, five HRs and 13 RBI in his last 10 games.

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TIMHUDSON… Reached the 2,000 strikeout plateau in his last start vs. Colorado, joining CC Sabathia (2,437), A.J. Burnett (2,337) and Bartolo Colon (2,080) as the only active players with 2,000 or more career strikeouts.

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MATT DUFFY… Has started eight games (four at 2B and four at SS) for the Giants.

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HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in a season-high 13-consecutive games, batting .404 (21-for-52).

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AUGUST WAS GOOD… After a 10-16 month of June and 12-14 July, the Giants posted a 16-12 (.571) record last month, the third-best in the NL behind Washington (19-10, .655) and San Diego (16-11, .593)…the Giants led the NL with a .288 batting average in August and averaged a league-high 4.86 runs per game…Giants pitchers finished the month with a 3.23 ERA (4th-best).

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VOTE PANIK… IF Joe Panik led all National League rookies in batting average (.379), on-base pct. (.416) and hits (36) last month, while tying for fourth in RBI (11)…Panik’s 36 hits in August are the most by a Giants rookie in a single month since C Buster Posey had 43 in July of 2010.

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ANDREW SUSAC… Drove in a season-high three runs yesterday while recording a season-best three hits.

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LET’S KEEP THIS WIN STREAK GOING… SF hasn’t won seven or more consecutive games since an eight-game run from Sept. 11-18, 2011, and they can match that streak if they go undefeated today.

Star Wars Day at AT&T Park

Quick Hits for August 31, 2014

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MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .344 (22-for-64) with one HR and 11 RBI in his past 20 games.

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HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in a season-high 12-consecutive games and joins NYM’s David Wright as the only players with four separate double digit hit streaks this season.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Posted 2-for-3 effort with RBI (walk and strikeout) last night, snapping 11-for-72 (.153) spell in his previous 23 games (eight walks, 27 strikeouts).

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… His nine triples are tied for the second-most in the bigs (Dee Gordon, 12).

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NO-HIT BIDS… RHP Jake Peavy became the seventh Giants starter this season to hold the opposition hitless through the first 5.0 innings of a game…Peavy and Tim Lincecum have done it twice, while Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner have each done it once (Lincecum is the only one of the group who completed a no-hitter)…the last ML team that did not allow a hit over the first 5.0 innings of seven games in the same season was the Tigers in 2011 (Justin Verlander did it four times, and Doug Fister, Brad Penny and Rick Porcello each did it once)… the last Giants team to have seven starts of that sort was the 1975 team (Pete Falcone did it four times, Jim Barr twice and Ed Halicki once (Halicki was the only one of the group to complete the no-no) (Elias).

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STARTING STRONG… Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 1.01 ERA (5er, 44.2ip) with 50 strikeouts and just six walks in the first six games of this homestand.

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THE GIANTS… Have won five straight games and eight of their last 11 contests… SF looks to win their sixth consecutive contest today, which would match their longest winning streak of the season (two times, last: July 24-29).

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IN THE STANDINGS… SF enters today’s game 2.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, their smallest deficit since August 6…SF holds a 1.0 game lead over the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot in the NL.

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ANGEL PAGAN… Is hitting .327 (16×49) with RISP and .353 (12×34) w/ RISP and two outs this season.

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Left-handed batters are 5-for-their-last-41 (.122) off him.

Dog Days

Quick Hits for August 30, 2014

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PEAVY GOING FOR 2,000… RHP Jake Peavy is just three strikeouts shy of reaching the 2,000 career strikeout plateau…would join C.C. Sabathia (2,437), A.J. Burnett (2,337), Bartolo Colon (2,080) and teammate Tim Hudson (2,002) as the only active players with 2,000 or more career strikeouts.

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GEORGE KONTOS… Made his first appearance last night since being recalled from triple-A Fresno on Monday…threw 2.0-scoreless innings of relief.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Slugged his 4th homer of year and 2nd in last two games last night (off Estrada).

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ON SHORES OF McCOVEY COVE… SF is 36-33 (.522) at home this season, having won eight of their last 11 games…SF won 22 of their first 31 (.710) home games this year, however have gone just 14-24 (.368) in their last 38 contests.

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT… The Giants offense scored 13 runs, which were the most they have scored in a game here at AT&T Park since Aug. 24, 2010 vs. Cincinnati (16 runs)…their 19 hits were the second most the club has recorded in the history of AT&T Park (most: 20 on Aug. 14, 2001).

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HUNTER’S HIT STREAK REACHES 10 – AGAIN… OF Hunter Pence has hit safely in 11 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NL and second-longest in the Majors, behind LAA’s Erick Aybar (14 games)…Pence and the Mets’ David Wright are the only players with four separate double digit hit streaks this season.

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JOE PANIK… His .391 average (34×87) in August ranks third among all ML hitters.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 18-for-his-last-45 (.400) with six 2Bs, three HRs and 23 RBI with RISP.

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ELITE COMPANY… C Buster Posey went 5-for-5 at the plate and became the first Giants catcher in the modern era with multiple five-hit games…the only other active players with more than one five-hit game as a catcher are Joe Mauer (five such games), Victor Martinez (four games), and A.J. Pierzynski (two games) (Elias).

 

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