TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres in the 2nd game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (1-2, 8.20) will face Padres’ right-hander Anthony Bass (1-2, 2.33).
SANDOVAL STREAKING... Pablo Sandoval’s streak is the longest streak in the Majors this season...his longest hit streak of his career is 22 games, accomplished last season from June 19-July 30...his current streak of 20 games ranks as tied for the 7th-longest hit streak in SF-era history...Jack Clark owns the longest such streak at 26 games in 1978. Be sure to check out "It's Panda Time!" to see photos from Sandoval's streak.
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MORE ON THE STREAK...Sandoval is now the 3rd SF Giant to record at least 2 separate hit streaks of at least 20 games, joining Willie McCovey (24 games in 1963 and 22 games in 1959) and Willie Mays (23 games from 1959-60 and 20 games in 1964).
LET’S KEEP STREAKING...OF Angel Pagan has hit safely in a career-high 12 games, which is tied for the 2nd-longest active streak in the NL this season with Philadephia’s Ty Wigginton...during the streak, Pagan is batting .316 (18-for-57) with 2B, 3 3Bs, 4 HRs and 6 RBI.
TRANSACTIONS...Following last night’s game, the Giants optioned RHP Eric Hacker back to triple-A and recalled RHP Steve Edlefsen(#65) from triple-A Fresno...Edlefsen has no record with a 1.42 ERA and 5 strikeouts in 6 games for the Grizzlies.
WORTH NOTING...RHP Tim Lincecum pitched extremely well against the San Diego Padres last season, going 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA (6er, 33.0ip) and 37 strikeouts in 5 games....4 of those 5 starts were quality outings.
TOP OF THE PACK...Among NL leaders, C Buster Posey has the 3rd-highest batting avg. (.371) and slugging pct. (.629) as well as the 7th-best OBP (.426)...the backstop has been on a tear recently, batting .447 (17-for-38) with 3 2Bs, 3 HRs and 6 RBI over his last 10 games.
THIS DATE IN GIANTS HISTORY... April 28, 1971 --Rookie George Foster, playing because Willie Mays was injured, went 4-for-4 with a double, homer, and 3 RBI in a 5-3 victory at Atlanta.