September 9th, 2012

BEAT LA!

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The 5:05 start created some interesting lighting at the beginning of the game today.

There are only 22 games left in the regular season, and with the Giants 4 to 0 win over the Dodgers the Giants are now 5.5 games in first place.  It’s getting exciting!

Quick Hits for Sunday, September 9, 2012 (Game 140)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (10-8, 4.51) will face Dodgers’ Joe Blanton.

Today’s Starting Lineup

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SOUTHPAW SUCCESS…C Buster Posey is batting .403 (54-for-134) with 10 HRs and 37 RBI vs. left-handed pitching this season, which ranks as the 2nd-highest avg. in the Majors…since the break Posey is 26-for-48 (.448) vs. lefties with 7 home runs.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than touchdowns in Green Bay.

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DODGER KILLER…IF Marco Scutaro owns the 5th-highest avg. in the Majors vs. the Dodgers this season, hitting .379 (22-for-58)…since joining the Giants on July 27 he has gone 11-for-26 (.423) vs. Los Angeles.

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ERROR PROOF…Since the All-Star break the Giants have committed only 27 errors, which are the 2nd-fewest in the NL…SF’s .987 fielding pct. during that stretch ranks 2nd in the NL trailing only Atlanta (.989).

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Since August 1, is hitting .366 (26-for-71) with 5 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 3 HRs and 16 RBI… Has started 68 games.

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THE RUBBER MATCH…SF has gone 7-7 in rubber games this season, however have lost 6 of their last 8 such contests.

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CAUGHT LOOKING…With the Postseason races heating up, the Giants will be featured in a new national TV series called Caught Looking, produced by MLB Productions and airing on NBC Sports Network…for this weekend’s series, crews from MLB Productions will be embedded with both teams, producing a 1-hour show debuting next Thurs. 9/13 at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network…Caught Looking will give viewers an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes during a pennant race including an in-depth look at each game from different angles and perspectives than fans are used to seeing…a different series with playoff implications will be featured each week for the rest of the season.

Happy Birthday – Brett Pill

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

  • Mike Pill, Brett’s father, was chosen by Pirates in the second round out of high school and pitched in the minor-leagues. When his father died suddenly of a heart attack, he left behind a tree business that supported Mike’s mother and his six siblings. (Mike’s father bought the business – Glendora Tree Surgery – after immigrating to the States from Germany.) So Mike left baseball to take over the family business.
  • Brett began playing organized baseball at age 4 at the field across the street from his grandmother. Dad coached every year. He always stressed to them that getting to the pros is an extreme longshot so do well in school and make sure you’re playing ball because you enjoy it.
  • Brother Tyler is six years younger. Also went to Cal State Fullerton. Drafted as a pitcher in 2011 in fourth round by Mets.
  • In his first major-league at-bat on September 6, 2011, Pill hit a home run, the first Giant to do so since Will Clark in 1986. Bochy kept him in the lineup the next day – and he hit another home run. He became one of only 16 players in the divisional era to hit homers in his first two Major League games.
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