All Star voting ended at 8:59 tonight. Thanks everyone for voting! We will find out during the winners during the 2012 All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell on TBS on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st game of this 4-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 3.10) will face Reds’ right-hander Johnny Cueto (9-3, 2.21).
Today’s Starting Lineup
BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK BLANKS…The Giants’ 3-consecutive shutouts of the Dodgers marked the 1st time since the club moved to San Francisco that they shut out an opponent in a series of 3-or-more games…their last such series was played in April 1954 against the Phillies, with complete-game shutouts by Marv Grissom, Sal Maglie and Johnny Antonelli…it was the 1st time in the history of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry that SF blanked LA for 3-straight contests (Elias).
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than happy trails across the great divide.
THE GIANTS…completed a 3-game sweep of the Dodgers yesterday with a 3-0 win to move into a tie with LA for 1st place in the NL West…in just the last 10 days, the Giants have gained 5.0 games in the standings… Have won 5 of their last 6 games.
MORE ON THE SHUTOUTS…According to Elias, it’s the 4th time that the Giants have shut out an opponent in a series-sweep of 3-or-more games…they also did it in 1918 vs. the Phillies, 1948 vs. the Reds and in 1954 vs. the Phillies.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Has held opponents scoreless in his last 13 outings (5.1ip, 5h, 3bb, 2k).
SERGIO ROMO… His 0.83 ERA (2er, 21.2ip) ranks as the 2nd-lowest among NL relievers (min.20.0ip).
TOUGH TIMES IN THE BAY…The Giants’ sweep of the Dodgers came just a week after LA was broomed by Oakland in 3 games…in the 2 series combined, the Dodgers were outscored by a 24-2 margin.