Quick Hits for August 19, 2014

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ON THE ROAD… The Giants are 33-26 (.559) on the road this season, which is the third-highest winning percentage in the National League, behind the Dodgers 40-26 (.606) and Brewers 36-27 (.571).

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TRAVIS ISHIKAWA… Hit .271 w/11 HRs, 45 RBI in 71 games w/ Fresno…was Pirates Opening Day starter at 1B March 31, going 2-for-3…however was DFA’d by Pittsburgh on April 19 after hitting .206.

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ANGEL PAGAN… The Giants own a 39-27 record (.591) in games that he starts this year.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… His nine triples are tied with Yasiel Puig and Hunter Pence for the second-most in the Majors (Dee Gordon, 10).

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ANDREW SUSAC… Is 5-for-11 with four RBI in his last three starts.

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MORSE HEATING UP… OF Michael Morse has reached base safely (via hit or walk) in a career-high nine-straight plate appearances…the last Giants’ player with a streak of nine-or-more plate appearances reaching base (via hit, walk, or HBP) was Bengie Molina from April 11-13, 2010…the last Giant to go more than nine-straight was Barry Bonds, who reached base in 11-consecutive plate appearances from June 23-27, 2006 (STATS LLC).

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SERGIO ROMO… Has held opponents scoreless in 12 of his last 13 contests (2er, 13.0ip), while recording 20 Ks

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has appeared in 108 games this season and started 61 contests.

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Is a perfect 10-for-10 in his last 10 save opportunities.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Has five hits in his last 21 at-bats (.238).

Ice Bucket Challenge

The San Francisco Giants front office accepted The ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge.  After officially dousing themselves, the Giants officially challenged the front offices of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics and MLB. Visit http://www.alsa.org/ for more information and to donate to the cause.

Junior Giants Day

Quick Hits for August 17, 2014

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HUNTER PENCE… Ranks second in NL in hits (143) and runs scored (82) and third in multi-hit games (41).

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is batting .333 (45-for-135) with four HRs and 19 RBI in his last 33 contests.

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BUSTER POSEY… His catchers ERA of 3.24 ranks second best in NL (SD’s Yasmani Grandal leads at 3.18).

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ANGEL PAGAN… Has hit safely in nine of his last 10 MLB games, going 13-for-45 (.289) during this stretch.

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MORSE STARTING TO HEAT UP… OF Michael Morse has reached base in seven of his last eight plate appearances and has gone 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, a triple, home run and four RBI in four games on this homestand.

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MATT DUFFY… Has started five games (three at 2B and two at SS).

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JOE PANIK… Went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and recorded his ! rst career triple yesterday.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Went 2-for-2 with two RBI yesterday.

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GIANTS MIDDLE RELIEF IS SHINING… Five Giants relievers pitched a total of 5.0-scoreless innings yesterday, giving SF a chance to rally from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Phillies, 6-5…San Francisco’s middle relievers, which Elias defines as those who enter the game before the 8th inning, have posted a 2.33 ERA this season, the lowest such mark in the National League (Elias).

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IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants gained a game on the Dodgers last night and now stand 4.5 games behind first place Los Angeles in the NL West…SF currently holds the second NL wild card spot, 0.5 game ahead of the Pirates.

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Quick Hits for August 16, 2014

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HUNTER PENCE… Leads Majors with 122 games played this season…has played all but 5.0 defensive innings.

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TRAVIS ISHIKAWA… Is 2-for-8 with two RBI as a pinch-hitter with the Giants, while making one start (at 1B).

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ADAM DUVALL… Has been one of the best hitters in the PCL this season, hitting .296 (101×341) with 62 runs scored, 19 doubles, 26 home runs and 84 RBI in 86 games.

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BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .392 (29×74) with a .444 OBP as a first baseman (19 starts) compared to .260 clip (83×319) and .320 OBP as a catcher (84 starts) this season.

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MICHAEL MORSE… Slugged his team-leading 16th homer of year last night off Cole Hamels, 3-run blast in 4th inning which gave SF 3-0 lead…however, blast was his first since July 30 (vs. PIT).

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ANGEL PAGAN… The Giants own a 37-27 record (.578) in games that he starts this year.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Has 15 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.455) with RISP.

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JEREMY AFFELDT… Allowed a game-tying two-run HR to Cody Asche in the 8th inning last night…marked his first homer allowed since June 18, 2013 vs. SD and his first to a left-handed batter since April 24, 2011 (Jason Heyward).

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SERGIO ROMO… Has held opponents scoreless in 10 of his last 11 contests (11.1ip, 1.59 ERA).

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… RHP Tim Lincecum is 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA (30er, 82.2ip) in 13 career appearances against Philadelphia.

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