TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Chicago Cubs in the 1st game of this 4-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14) will face Cubs’ left-hander Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62).
Today’s Starting Lineup
HITTING AT HOME…OF Angel Pagan enters tonight’s game with a 24-game home hit streak, tied with Don Mueller for the longest home hit streak in Giants franchise history (since 1918)…Pagan went hitless in 4 at-bats during the Giants’ home opener on April 13, but since then has had at least 1 hit in his last 24 home games…his .360 home avg. (36-for-100) ranks as the 6th-best in the NL.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than mamas who let their babies grow up to be cowboys.
MELKY’S MAY…Melky Cabrera finished the month of May by hitting safely in 25 of 29 games, batting .429 (51-for-119) with 38 runs scored, 7 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs and 17 RBI.
DON’T FORGET…Tomorrow’s Giants-Cubs game is schedueld for a 4:15 p.m. (PT) start… Both teams will be wearing their 1912 uniforms… The game will be televised on FOX.
HE’S HOT…OF Gregor Blanco is batting .429 (12-for-28) with 6 runs scored and 6 extra base hits (4 2Bs, 2 3Bs) in his last 7 games… Has the highest OBP among all NL leadoff hitters with a .398 mark… Has started 23 of SF’s last 28 games… Leads club with 22 walks in only 137 plate appearances.
THE CLOSER…RHP Santiago Casilla has gone 14-for-15 in save opportunities this season, with his 14 rescues tied with New York’s Frank Francisco and Philadelphia’s Jonathan Papelbon for the 2nd-most in the NL (Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel leads with 15)…Casilla’s 1.17 ERA (3er, 23.0ip) is the 4th-lowest among all NL relievers.
THIS DATE IN GIANTS HISTORY… June 1, 1941 – Mel Ott hits a 2-run HR, the 400th of his Major League career and 1,499th and 1,500th RBI, helping the New York Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.
Here are some Giants Gems for Francisco Peguero’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Francisco!