July 13th, 2012

Sir BamBam Meulens

Sir BamBam and his loyal subjects/teammates.

Sir BamBam of the Kingdom of Giants (& the Netherlands) was officially knighted tonight at AT&T Park.  Bart Van Bolhuis and Thomas Veerman from the Consul General of the Netherlands were on hand to represent Queen Beatrix during the pre-game ceremony.  Also here to support the new Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau were his wife Gyselle, daughters, Michelle, Mia and son Elijah, all of his teammates and over 42,000 fans.

Quick Hits for Friday, July 13, 2012 (Game 87)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Houston Astros in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 3.27) will face Astros’ left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (7-6, 3.38).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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MVP FOR MELKY…OF Melky Cabrerabecame the 5th different Giants player (6th time) to win the All-Star MVP award, joining Willie Mays (1963, 1968), Juan Marichal (1965), Willie McCovey (1969) and Bobby Bonds (1973), who also won the award at Kauffman Stadium, which back then was named Royals Stadium…only one other franchise has had as many as 6 All-Star Game MVPs: the Orioles (6). 

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than ships in the sky.

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Fans… For 126 straight games AT&T Park has been sold out… trailing only Boston (754) and Philadelphia (248).

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Bruce Bochy… is the 38th manager in Giants franchise history, and 16th in San Francisco annals.

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Jeremy Affeldt… Since coming off the DL on May 13, has blanked opponents in 17 of 21 games.

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Joaquin Arias… Is just 6-for-his-last-45 (.133) against right-handed pitching…is hitting .289 (22-for-76) vs. LHP.

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Brandon Belt… Is tied with Posey for the club lead with 32 walks…his .358 on-base pct. is 4th-best on the Giants team.

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Gregor Blanco… His 15 stolen bases this season are a career-high and are tied with Pagan for the team lead.

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Madison Bumgarner… Has tossed at least 6.0 innings in all but 1 start this season (his very 1st start he logged 4.0 innings).

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Emmanuel Burriss… Dating back to 2010, 52 of his last 55 hits have been singles, including 24 of 25 this season.

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Melky Cabrera… Is batting .370 with 2 HRs and 9 RBI in his last 13 games…. Leads Majors with 119 hits and 39 multi-hit games.

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Matt Cain… Has never missed a start due to injury and has been skipped in rotation just once.

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Santiago Casilla.. Is 21-for 25 in save chances… ranks 3rd in the NL (Kimbrel 25; Hanrahan 23).

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Justin Christian… Has appeared in 9 games (3 starts; 1 as DH, 2 in RF) and has gone 5-for-16.

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Brandon Crawford… Is batting .203 (14-for-69) with RISP, including .083 (3-for-36) with RISP and 2 outs.

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Clay Hensley… Is holding LH hitters to a .186 avg. against (7×43)…righties are hitting .263 (20×76).

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George Kontos… In 23 relief outings for Fresno this season, he went 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA (6er,31.2ip).

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Tim Lincecum… Has taken a no-hitter through 6.0 innings twice in his career: 7/9/09 vs. SD and 4/18/11 at COL.

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Javier Lopez… Has stranded 28/33 runners he has inherited (15.2%), the 4th-best pct. in the NL.

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Angel Pagan… Has had 3-separate hit streaks of 11-or-more games this season (11 games, 15, 20).

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Brad Penny… Has made 4 appearances with SF, allowing 3 runs (2 ERs) in 6.1 innings.

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Buster Posey… Is the 1st Giants catcher to win a fan-elected start for the Mid-Summer Classic.

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Sergio Romo… His 0.72 ERA (2er, 25.0ip) is the 2nd-lowest among NL relievers in 2012.

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Hector Sanchez… Has started 28 games in 2012…17 of those 28 starts have come in Barry Zito’s starts.

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Pablo Sandoval… Has gone 29-for-97 with 3 HRs, 15 RBI in 27 games since being activated from DL June 9.

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Nate Schierholtz… Has made 28 starts this year (all in RF), but has started just 4 of SF’s last 24 games.

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Ryan Theriot… Has hit .318 with 17 RBI in 37 games since being activated from DL on May 24… has started 38 of SF’s last 41 games.

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Ryan Vogelsong… Is receiving only 3.39 runs of support per game, which ranks as the lowest 4th-lowest in the NL.

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Barry Zito… Has posted a 6-6 record with a 3.91 ERA (40er, 93.2ip) and 1 complete game in 16 starts this season.

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