Here’s the important information from today:
- 12 Games to go
- Rockies 2 – Giants 9
- Dodgers 1 – Nationals 4
- Giants are 10 games in first place
- Our magic number is 3
- We have sold out our last 159 regular season home games, which dates back to Oct. 1, 2010…it’s the 2nd-longest active regular season home sellout streak in the Majors behind Boston’s 788 streak, which started on May 15, 2003 – Thank You For Your Support!
TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Colorado Rockies in the final game of this 4-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (12-8, 4.21) will face Rockies’ left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (2012 debut).
Today’s Starting Lineup
BYE BYE…IF Pablo Sandoval’s 3-run home run in the 1st inning last night ended his drought of having not homered in his previous 161 at-bats, the 2nd-longest home run drought of his Major League career…Sandoval went 178 at-bats without a homer in 2010.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Space Shuttles over SF.
ANOTHER WIN FOR CAIN…RHP Matt Cain earned his 15th win of the season last night, establishing a new career-high for wins in a season…he also improved his career record vs. the Rockies to 15-7…only two pitchers have more career wins vs. COL than Cain: Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux (Elias).
ON THE MOUND…The Giants have won each of LHP Barry Zito’s last 8 starts, while the left-hander has gone 4-0 with a 4.06 ERA (20er, 44.1ip) during that span… Zito’s 12 wins this year are the most he’s ever had in a Giants uniform and the most since he had 16 victories for the Oakland A’s in 2006.
INSIDE THE SERIES…The Giants have the chance for a 4-game sweep of the Rockies today…the last time SF swept the Rockies in a 4-game set was last season at Coors from Sept. 15-18…the last time they swept them in a 4-game set at home was July 17-20, 2003.
GREGOR BLANCO… Owns a career .425 avg. (17-for-40) vs. the Rockies… Is hitting .367 (11-for-30) with 3 2Bs and a 3B in his last 9 games. His 23 stolen bases, 5 HRs and 5 3Bs this season are all career highs… Has made 86 starts (50 in RF, 23 in LF, 12 in CF and 1 as DH).
BRANDON BELT... Beginning July 27, is hitting .323 (50-for-155)… His 14 RBI this month are tied for the 4th-most in the NL… Is hitting RHP at a .400 clip (40-for-100) over his last 41 games.