June 23rd, 2012

Together We’re Giant – Tailgating Zone

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From hacky sack to hot dogs Giants fans came to the Giants/As game early today to have fun with their friends while enjoying the great weather.

Quick Hits for Saturday, June 23, 2012 (Game 72)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Oakland Athletics in the middle game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.92) will face A’s right-hander Tyson Ross (2-6, 6.11).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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MOST RECENT OUTING… Madison Bumgarner received a no-decision in his last outing at Seattle last Sunday, as he tossed 8.0 innings, allowing 1 ER on 3 hits and 1 BB with 4 Ks… Threw 21 1st-pitch strikes to the 29 hitters he faced and retired 18-consecutive batters from the 2nd to the 8th inning.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than pink triangles in San Francisco.

CLAY HENSLEY… Earned his 2nd victory this season last night tossing a 0.1 of an inning.

JEREMY AFFELDT… Was reinstated from DL on May 13 and has allowed 3 runs in 15.0 innings (1.80 ERA) since being reinstated.

RYAN THERIOT… Has hit .316 (31-for-98) with 4 2Bs, 3B and 13 RBI in 24 games since being activated from the 15-day DL on May 24.

RYAN THERIOT… Is 4-for-his-last-7 with runners in scoring position, and is 11-for-41 (.268) overall.

CASILLA CLOSING…RHP Santiago Casillasealed his 20th save of the season last night… he’s now just 1 save shy of the NL lead, currently held by Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel (21)… Casilla has gone 20-for-21 in save chances this season and has converted each of his last 15 opportunities. 

Happy Birthday – Hensley Meulens

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Here are some Giants Gems for Hensley Meulens’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Sir BamBam!

  • Nicknamed “Bam Bam” from his softball days back home in Curacao. Was hitting home runs left-handed and his friends compared his power to the Flintstones cartoon character.
  • Speaks five different languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento and Japanese.
  • Learned to stop using sporadic playing time as an excuse. He worked hard to be valuable as a back-up infielder and outfielder, as a 25th player. It’s something he emphasizes to his players now – no excuses about playing time. Deliver when you get the chance.
  • Best advice for kids: “Keep your eye on the ball. Kids get distracted easily. They’re kicking the dirt, looking at their parents. Just always be watching the ball, in the field and at the plate.’’
  • Has been selected an inaugural astronaut for “Space Expedition Curacao,” a commercial space tourism program the Caribbean nation is trying to launch by 2014. The first 100 flights have been set aside for a group of so-called “Founder Astronauts.” Meulens will join three Dutch celebrities – a disc jockey, an air travel pioneer and a supermodel – on flight No. 1.
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