TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the San Diego Padres in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (10-15, 5.15) will face Padres’ right-hander Edinson Volquez (11-11, 4.13).
Today’s Starting Lineup
SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER…SF’s .692 (18-8) win pct. this month is tied with the Braves for the best record in the Majors.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than 4 calling birds.
RACE FOR THE NL BATTING TITLE…C Buster Posey leads the NL with a .337 batting avg. while the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is 2nd with a .329 mark…the last Giants player to win the NL batting title was Barry Bonds in 2004 (.370)…a Giants player has won the NL batting crown just 7 times since 1876 and just twice since the team moved West in 1958.
ROAD SERIES WINS…The Giants haven’t lost a series on the road since dropping 2 of 3 games at Pittsburgh right before the All-Star break from July 6-8…since then, the Giants have gone 9-0-1 (win-lost-split) in their last 10 road series…it’s the 1st time for SF to go 10-or-more consecutive road series without a loss since July 16-Sept. 8, 1968 (6-0-4).
SCUTARO’S STREAK…IF Marco Scutaro enters today’s game with the longest active hit- ting streak in the Majors, having hit safely in a career-best 17 games…during this stretch he’s batting .441 (30-for-68) with 4 2Bs, 1 HR and 14 RBI.
ANGEL PAGAN… Beginning Aug. 1, has batted .308 (68×221) with 16 2Bs, 10 3Bs, 3 HRs and 21 RBI in 55 games… Leads the Majors with 15 triples, setting a SF Giants record… Leads the club with 29 stolen bases this season…has been successful in 29/35 stolen bases attempts.
HUNTER PENCE… His 31 go-ahead RBI are the 2nd-most in the NL and his 18 game winning RBI T2nd-most… Is just 11 hits away from 1,000 hits in his career.
TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the San Diego Padres in the middle game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner (16-10, 3.26) will face Padres’ left-hander Eric Stults (7-3, 2.81).
Today’s Starting Lineup
ANOTHER STREAK FOR SCUTARO… Marco Scutaro not only has a hit in each of his last 16 games, but he also has at least 1 run scored in his last 9 contests…according to Elias, the last Giants player with at least 1 hit and 1 run in 9-straight games was Barry Bonds from April 10-20, 2004 (also 9-straight).
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than 5 golden rings.
RACE FOR THE NL BATTING TITLE…C Buster Posey leads the NL with a .334 batting avg. (.33397, 173-for-518) while the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is 2nd with a .330 mark (.33043, 190-for-575)…the last Giants player to win the NL batting title was Barry Bonds in 2004 (.370)…a Giants player has won the NL batting crown just 7 times since 1876 and just twice since the team moved West in 1958.
THE GIANTS…defeated the Padres by a score of 3-1 last night in the 1st game of this 3-game series and 6-game road trip that concludes in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon… Have won 13 of their last 16 games and 21 of their last 29… Have the 3rd-best record in NL, trailing the Reds (.605, 95-62) and Nationals (.605, 95-62)… Clinched the NL West division last Saturday night vs. San Diego.
BRANDON BELT… Has combined to hit .333 (52-for-156) with 3 HRs and 22 RBI over the last 2 months… In his 1st 4 months, hit .237 (57-for-241) with 4 HRs and 33 RBI.
ROAD WINS…The SF-era record for the most wins on the road in a season is 53, set in 1993…the Giants need just 2 more road wins to match the 2nd-most in club history.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is batting .298 (34-for-114) with 12 RBI and a .357 OBP in his last 41 games… Has made 3 errors in his last 2 games after commiting only 3 errors in his previous 74 contests.
Here are some Giants Gems for Tim Flannery’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Flan!
- Is an avid surfer and accomplished musician.
- Made his mark in world of music, as singer-songwriter. Has released 11 albums, most recently “The Restless Kind”, which has a handful of song selections that were influenced by the Giants’ 2010 World Series triumph, including “Whatever Comes”, “Breaking Things” and “Right or Wrong.”
- Has performed with musical greats such as Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt and many others. Sang the National Anthem before a Giants game on August 10, 2011, with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
- Served as television features reporter for San Diego’s CBS affiliate from 1990-92.