TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Washington Nationals in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (10-5, 2.27) will face Nationals’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez (14-6, 3.32).
Today’s Starting Lineup
THE HUNTED…OF Hunter Pence’s 8th inning, 3-run homer yesterday marked his 3rd go-ahead HR that he’s hit in the 8th inning or later of a game this season…only BAL’s Adam Jones (4), KC’s Billy Butler (3), DET’s Miguel Cabrera (3) and MIN’s Josh Willingham (3) have recorded 3-or-more go-ahead HRs so late in a game this season.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than dimples on a golf ball.
BUSTER POSEY… Reached base in 4/5 of his plate appearances yesterday, going 1-for-1 with 3 walks.
ANGEL PAGAN… has had 3-separate hit streaks of 11-or-more games this season (11 games, 15, 20).
LOTS OF RUNS…The Giants 9 runs in each of their last 2 games marked the 1st time they have posted at least 9 runs in back-to-back games at AT&T Park since Aug. 23-25, 2010 vs. Cincinnati, when they did so in 3-straight contests.
BRANDON BELT… Matched his career high with 4 hits yesterday…also reached base in all 5 plate appearances.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?… Ryan Vogelsong leads the National League and ranks 2nd in the Majors with a 2.27 ERA (36er, 143.0ip) in 21 starts this season…only Los Angeles’ (AL) Jered Weaver (2.22) has a lower mark…the last Giants pitcher to lead the NL in ERA at the conclusion of a season was Jason Schmidt in 2003 (2.34).