April 20th, 2012

That’s a W

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Team

It took 10 inning tonight, but the Giants won their 7th game of the season, beating the New York Mets 4-3

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Barry Zito went 5 innings and struck out 2. The Giants are now 601 this season when scoring the game's first run.

 Angel Pagan, S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo

Angel Pagan hit his first Home Run of the season.

S.F. Giants, San Franicsoc Giants, Photo, 2012, Hector Sanchez

Hector Sanchez saved the day when he tagged out Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the bottom of the 9th inning.

S.F. Giants, San Franicsoc Giants, Photo, 2012, Hector Sanchez

In the top of the 10th inning, Hector Sanchez singled to score Melky Cabrera with the winning run.

S.F. Giants, San Franicsoc Giants, Photo, 2012, Hector Sanchez, Clay Hensley

Hector Sanchez congratulated Clay Hensley on getting his first save of the year.

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Giants fans know how to have fun, no matter what city they are in.

 

Quick Hits for Friday, April 20, 2012 (Game #13)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the New York Mets in the 1st game of this 4-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (1-0, 1.12) will face Mets’ left-hander Jonathan Niese (2-0, 2.13).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Matt Cain

ALL ABOUT CAIN...In his last 2 starts, RHP Matt Cain has tossed 18.0-shutout innings, while allowing just 3 singles and 1 BB...the following are notes about Cain’s last 2 outings, courtesy of Trent McCotter of SABR: The last pitcher to throw a 9-inning one-hitter followed by a 9-inning 2-hitter was Bobby Witt on June 23 and 28, 1994... The last NL pitcher to do it: Claude Osteen on June 17 and 21, 1965... The last pitcher to allow so few baserunners (4) over two 9-inning starts was Woodie Fryman for Pittsburgh from June 26-July 1, 1966 (4 in two 9-inning starts).

Please click here for today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Anderson Cooper has stamps in his passport.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Pablo Sandoval

SANDOVAL STREAKING...IF Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in all 12 games this season, batting .333 (16-for-48) with 2 HRs and 9 RBI...his hit streak is the longest active streak in the NL and 2nd-longest in the Majors (Minnesota’s Josh Willingham has a current 13-game hit streak).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giatns, 2012, Photo, Brian Wilson

WILSON UPDATE...RHP Brian Wilson underwent successful reconstructive surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, to repair his right throwing elbow yesterday in Florida...Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure with Giants team orthopedist, Dr. Ken Akizuiki assisting.

Barry Zito, S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo

GOING DEEP INTO THE GAME...Barry Zito as tossed 7.0+ innings in each of his 1st 2 starts this season, marking the 1st time since July 31 and Aug. 6, 2010 that he’s gone 7+ innings in consecutive starting assignments.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Sergio Romo

SERGIO ROMO...Has thrown 3.1-scoreless innings over 4 relief outings.

Happy Birthday – Brandon Belt

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Brandon Belt, giraffe

Here are some Giants Gems for Brandon Belt’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Brandon!

  • Born April 20, 1988, in Nacogdoches, Texas, in a house his father built.
  • Had a verbal agreement with Cubs coming out of high school to be drafted in high rounds. But Cubs didn’t come through and Red Sox drafted him in the 11th round. Disappointed, Belt went to college instead. “Everything I went through happened for a reason,’’ he says. “I’m so happy I went to college. I matured so much as a baseball player and as a person and I made so many friends.’’
  • In 2009 Brandon played well in the Big 12 tournament, which helped him get drafted. Another thing that helped was the veteran eye of Giants scout Doug Mapson, who had seen Belt hit a home run in the Cape Cod all-star game, turning around a 98 mph fastball. “It was in there,” Mapson said. “You can’t make that up.”

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