TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (1-0, 1.71) will face Reds’ right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 2.91).
KEEP IT GOING…Pablo Sandoval’s 17-game hit streak to begin a season is the longest in SF-era history (since 1958)…it’s also the 2nd-longest in Giants franchise history (since 1900)… Johnny Rucker of the New York Giants owns the longest such streak at 18 games from April 17-May 9, 1945.
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BUSTER IS BELTING…C Buster Posey accounted for SF’s lone 2 runs last night after hitting a 2-run HR in the 9th inning…Posey has hit safely in each of his last 7 games, batting .481 (13-for-27) with 2 HRs and 4 RBI during that stretch.
PAGAN HEATING UP…After hitting just .111 (3-for-27) in his 1st 7 games this season, OF Angel Pagan has hit safely in each of his last 9 contests, batting .310 (13-for-42)… his career-high hit streak is 10 games, accomplished 3 times, most recently in 2010.
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS…Prior to tonight’s game the Giants have purchased the contract of IF Joaquin Arias (#13) from triple-A Fresno…Arias will be available for tonight’s game.
FREDDY REHAB…IF Freddy Sanchez (right shoulder dislocation) went 2-for-4 with 1 run scored and 3 RBI in his 2nd rehab start for Class A Advanced San Jose last night… Sanchez has gone 3-for-7 with 3 RBI in his 2 starts as the designated hitter.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO… Left-handed hitters are batting just .091 (2-for-22) off Barry Zito with 1 extra base hit (HR)…his .091 avg. against LHH is 3rd-lowest in Majors among starters… Has 8th-lowest avg. against in NL with .175 clip (14-for-80).