TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Houston Astros in the 2nd game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain (7-2, 2.41) will face Astros’ left-hander J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.54).
Starting Lineup – Giants
Starting Lineup – Astros
ABOUT LAST NIGHT…LHP Madison Bumgarner became just the 3rd Giants pitcher since 1900 to hit a home run and strike out at least a dozen batters in the same game. Juan Marichal accomplished the feat on Sept. 12, 1963 at New York-NL (HR, 13 Ks) and so did Mike Krukow on Aug. 13, 1985 vs. Houston (HR, 12 Ks) (Elias)… Bumgarner also became the 1st pitcher in the Majors to record 12-or-more-strikeouts and a hit homer in the same game since Chan Ho Park (HR, 13 Ks) did so on Sept. 29, 2000 at San Diego (w/LAD) (Elias).
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than golf balls hit into McCovey Cove.
CAIN IS ABLE…RHP Matt Cain (pictured here with Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Berman) has earned a win in each of his last 6 starts…with a win tonight he can match his longest career winning streak when he won a career-best 7 consecutive decisions from May 7-June 14, 2009… Cain’s win streak is currently the 2nd-longest active streak in the Majors.
NATE SCHIERHOLTZ… Reached base in all 4 plate appearances last night, going 2-for-2 with a walk and HBP…has hit safely in 3-straight games at a .555 clip (5-for-9) with a 2B, 3B and 1 RBI… Has started the last 4 games after starting only 5 of his SF’s previous 35 contests… His .261 avg. (6-for-23) with runners in scoring position ranks 3rd on the club.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Overall, is batting .292 (31-for-106) with 6 2Bs, 5 HRs and 16 RBI in 27 games this season… Has hit .276 (8-for-29) w/RISP.
BUSTER POSEY... Leads the club with 7 HRs and 33 RBI… Is 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with runners in scoring position and 17-for-58 (.293) overall this season, which is highest on the club.
MELKY CABRERA… Went 2-for-4 with an RBI after missing the previous 3 games with a tight hamstring… Leads the NL with a .366 batting avg., 89 hits, 29 multi-hit games and 7 triples… Is batting .408 (20-for-49) in his last 12 games.