July 29th, 2012

The Heat is On

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Gregor Blanco, Mark EllisThe Giants play three more series against their rivals for a total of nine more games before the season is over.  Ideally the results of those series will more similar to the games the Giants played against the Dodgers in June, sweeping instead of being swept.  Regardless, the competition to win the division will be heated.

Quick Hits for Sunday, July 29, 2012 (Game 101)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26) will face Dodgers’ left-hander Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14).

Today’s Starting Lineup

sf giants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, marco scutaro

A COUPLE UNIFORM CHANGES…With newly acquired infielder Marco Scutaro wearing #19 for the remainder of the season, Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti will change his uniform number from #19 to #33…Righetti has also worn #46 (2006-08) and #32 (2009).

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than people who have medaled in 5 straight Olympics.

sf giants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, ryan vogelsong

WE MEET AGAIN…RHP Ryan Vogelsong and LHP Clayton Kershaw will oppose one another for the 3rd time this season…Vogelsong has gone 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA in his starts against Kershaw this year, while the Dodgers’ southpaw has gone 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA.

sf giants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, ryan theriot

RYAN THERIOT… Is batting .297 (19-for-64) in his past 16 games… Has hit .296 (61-for-206) with 19 RBI in 50 games since being activated from DL on May 24… Combined for a .203 avg. (15×74) in April/May, but is hitting .299 (56×187) the last 2 months.

sf giants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, brandon belt

BRANDON BELT…Has reached base safely in 5 of his last 12 plate appearances (4 hits and 1 BB)… Has made 60 starts (all at 1st base)…his .997 fielding pct. leads all NL 1st basemen.

sf giants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, buster posey

BUSTER POSEY… His .451 avg. and 23 hits both rank as the 2nd-most in the NL in the 2nd half…also has 5 2Bs, 3 HRs and 17 RBI (most in NL) over that span… Leads the club with 13 HRs and 60 RBI.

sfgiants, san francisco giants, photo, 2012, brandon crawford

BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .270 (20-for-74) with 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 2 HRs and 10 RBI in his last 25 contests.

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