June 27th, 2012

One Play

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One play didn’t make the Giants’ first shutout-sweep of the Dodgers in SF-era history, but the play at the plate in the 3rd inning didn’t hurt.  Chris Haft of MLB.com describes the play perfectly in his game recap:  A third-inning play demonstrated Lincecum’s resilience and symbolized his progress. He flung a wild pitch with opposing pitcher Chad Billingsley on third base and one out. Catcher Hector Sanchez quickly recovered the ball and relayed it to the 5-foot-11, 167-pound Lincecum, who made the tag and held onto the ball despite being knocked backward by the 6-1, 240-pound Billingsley.

Quick Hits for Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (Game 76)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (2-8, 6.07) will face Dodgers’ right-hander Chad Billingsley (4-6, 4.15).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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BACK-TO-BACK BLANKS…The Giants have shut out the Dodgers in each of the 1st two games of this series…it’s the 1st time that SF has blanked LA in consecutive games since April 3-4, 2002 at Los Angeles…it’s also the 1st time SF has shut out LA in back-to-back home games since Aug. 15-16, 1987…the Giants have never held the Dodgers scoreless for 3-consecutive games in SF-era history.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than the days of our lives.

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NOTABLE BATTER-PITCHER MATCHUP…C Buster Posey is 10-for-22 (.455) with 2 2Bs and 5 RBI in his career against today’s opposing starter, Chad Billingsley.

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RYAN THERIOT… Has hit .310 (36-for-116) with 13 RBI in 28 games since being activated from DL on May 24… Has recorded a multi-hit game in 9 of his last 24 contests.

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BRANDON BELT… Leads the club with 31 walks… His 1.017 OPS ranks as the 8th-highest in the NL this month.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Has gone 18-for-58 (.310) with 8 RBI in 16 games since being activated from the DL on June 9.

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ANGEL PAGAN… Is hitting .333 (47-for-141) here at AT&T Park this season…his 28-game home hit streak from April 14-June 4 was the longest in franchise history.

Happy Birthday – Steve Edlefsen

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Here are some Giants Gems for Steve Edlefsen’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Steve!

  • At age four, was a batboy for the Miesville Mudhens near his hometown of Bloomington, Minnesota. His father, Brad, pitched for the team. Brad also played in the Atlanta Braves organization.
  • Played shortstop and pitched at Jefferson High in Bloomington, where he hit .392 as a senior. He stopped pitching altogether and became a full-time infielder at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, and at the University of Nebraska. On April 11, 2006, he hit for the cycle and had a Hawkeyes’ record-tying six –hit game in extra innings.
  • Made his Major League debut August 21, 2011, in Houston. Entered the game in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and two outs. He struck out Clint Barmes to get the Giants out of the inning. He gave the strike-out ball to his father, who along with Steve’s mother Christine flew in to watch the game.
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