August 2012

We Travel Well

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The players may have been a little sluggish after arriving in Chicago at 3AM this morning, but Giants fans were ready to fill Wrigley Field with orange and black.  Giants 4 – Cubs 6

Quick Hits for Friday, August 31, 2012 (Game 132)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Chicago Cubs in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93) will face Cubs’ right-hander Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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BRANDON BELTING…IF Brandon Belt went 4-for-5 last night in Houston, his 2nd 4-hit game this month…according to Elias, he’s one of 5 NL players with two 4-hit games in August, joining Andre Ethier, Stephen Lombardozzi, Cameron Maybin and teammate, Angel Pagan.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than cups of coffee in the morning.

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AUGUST PLEASE DON’T GO…The Giants have enjoyed their best month of the season thus far, going 18-10 this month, tied with the Nationals for the best winning pct. in the NL…SF’s 18 wins this month are the most they’ve had in one month since Sept. 2010 (18).

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CENTRAL COMMAND…SF has posted a 25-13 (.658) record against NL Central opponents this season, going 16-6 at home and 9-7 on the road…SF’s .658 winning pct. against NL Central teams ranks as the 2nd-best in the NL this season behind the Nationals (.714, 20-8).

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INSIDE THE SERIES…The Giants have won 14 of their last 21 games against Chicago, including wins in each of their last 5 games…SF’s current 5-game win streak against the Cubs is their longest since a 7-game win streak from June 17-Aug. 25, 1999.

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NO SLEEPING IN…The next four games the Giants play, including today, will be day games (all 3 in this series and on Monday on Labor Day)…San Francisco is 26-27 in day games this season, going 16-12 at home and 10-15 on the road.

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HOME VS. ROAD…SF is averaging just 3.45 runs per game (224 runs in 65 games) at AT&T Park this season, which ranks as the 2nd-lowest average in the big leagues ahead of only Seattle (3.19)…however, on the road, the Giants are averaging 5.17 runs per game (341 runs in 66 games), the highest figure in the Majors.

Happy Birthday – Clay Hensley

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

  • Graduated from Pearland High School (TX) and went on to attend Lamar College in nearby Beaumont, TX…set a single-season school record with 127 strikeouts in 100.0 innings for Lamar in 2002, going 8-6 with a 2.97 ERA.
  • Established a school single-game record with 15 strike- outs against Nicholls State on May 11…during Southland Conference championship, set a new Lamar and SLC Tournament single-game record by striking out 17 Texas- Arlington batters…earned tournament MVP honors.
  • Former Giants farmhand rejoins organization after signing one year deal in January…has had up and down career in Majors as he has gone 24-29 with 7 saves and 3.94 ERA (204er, 466.1ip) as starter (49 games) and reliever (162 games) for San Diego (2005-08) and Florida (2010-11).
  • Surrendered Barry Bonds’ 755th home run to tie Hank Aaron’s all-time record on July 25, 2007.
  • Was originally drafted by Giants in 8th round of 2002 First Year-Player Draft…was then traded to San Diego along with pitcher R.D. Spiehs in exchange for pitcher Matt Herges on July, 13, 2003.

So Long, Houston

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Brandon Belt went 4-5 with an RBI

After 50 years, tonight was the last time the Giants will face the Astros as a National League Team.

Tonight was the 16th attempt for the Giants to sweep an opponent this season as we are now 6-10 in games in which they have the chance for a sweep.  With the 8-4 win tonight we’ve had 6 sweeps all season (Cubs, Dodgers twice, Astros (twice), Rockies ), with three of those sweeps at AT&T Park and three on the road (at Colorado, at Los Angeles and at Houston).  Giants 8 – Astros 4

Quick Hits for Thursday, August 30, 2012 (Game 131)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Houston Astros in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (11-7, 2.90) will face Astros’ right-hander Jordan Lyles (3-10, 5.47).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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GEORGE KONTOS… Earned his 1st Major League win last night after tossing 2.2-scoreless innings w/ 4Ks.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than parks in Houston.

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GUILLERMO MOTA… Made his 1st appearance last night since being suspended and allowed 1 run in 0.2ip.

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JOSE MIJARES… Fashioned 1.62 ERA (6er, 33.1ip) prior to break, but since then has 6.75 ERA (10er, 13.1ip).

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JEREMY AFFELDT… Has allowed just 1 home run in 50.1 innings (hasn’t allowed HR in his last 29.2ip).

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has blanked opponents in 14 of his last 16 outings, allowing 3 runs in 14.1 innings.

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JAVIER LOPEZ… Left-handed batters are 0-for-their-last-12 off him and just 1-for-their-last-26(.038).

One That Didn’t Get Away

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Hunter Pence after his 3-run home run in the first inning

With 4 runs in the first inning and 2 unearned runs in the sixth the Giants won the second game of the series.  Giants 6 – Astros 4

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