TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (6-6, 3.84) will face Pirates’ left-hander Erik Bedard (4-9, 4.57).
Today’s Starting Lineup
HIT MACHINE…OF Melky Cabrera (116 hits) needs 4 hits over the next 3 games to tie Rich Aurilia (120 hits in 2001) for the most hits prior to the All-Star break in SF-era history.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than painting by Andy Warhol.
ANGEL PAGAN… Went 3-for-5 with a 2B and 2 RBI in SF’s 6-5 loss last night in Washington… Has had 3-separate hit streaks of 11-or-more games this season (11 games, 15, 20)… Is tied with Blanco for the team lead in stolen bases this season (15)… Has started 76 of SF’s 83 games.
SANCHEZ HAS SURGERY…IF Freddy Sanchez had successful surgery yesterday to re- move a portion of a disc in his lower back…he’ll miss the remainder of the season…the microdiscectomy was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 13-for-35 (.371) with 6 2Bs, 2 HRs and 9 RBI in his last 10 games… Became the 2nd Giants 3rd baseman to earn a fan-elected start, joining Matt Williams (1994-96).
JUSTIN CHRISTIAN… Made his 1st start in the field last night since having his contract purchased and matched his career-high with 3 hits and set a career-best with 3 runs scored…finished 3×5 with 2B, stolen base.
BRANDON BELT… Leads the club with 32 walks… His .963 OPS ranked 4th among NL 1st baseman in the month of June.