TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (12-9, 3.65) will face Padres’ right-hander Casey Kelly (2-1, 5.85).
Today’s Starting Lineup
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was selected winner of the 2012 Willie Mac Award, the club announced today. The award was established in 1980, in honor of former legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Posey will receive a plaque prior to tonight’s game. Engraved on the plaque are the words “Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership” to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Posey exemplify.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than home games left in the regular season.
INCHING CLOSER…The Giants enter tonight’s contest with a season-high 10.0 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West with just 12 games remaining.
LOTS OF RUNS…The Giants have scored 97 runs in 18 games this month, the 3rd-most runs scored this month in the big leagues behind Milwaukee and Baltimore.
G’S WINNING WAYS…The Giants have won 4-straight games, 8 of their last 9 and 16 of their last 22…since the All-Star break, the Giants have gone 41-23 (.641) for the 3rd-best winning pct. in the Majors behind the Reds (.677, 44-21) and A’s (.667, 42-21).
KEEP IT GOING…With one more win the Giants can match their longest winning streak of the season (5 games, accomplished twice from July 13-18 and Aug. 20-24)…they can also match their longest home win streak of the year, which is 6 games from July 1-24.
VS. THE WEST…The Giants have posted a 38-22 (.633) record against NL West opponents this season, the 2nd-best mark among NL teams behind Cincinnati (.677, 21-10)…SF has won 8 of their last 9 series against NL West foes.