TODAY’S GAME… The San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Yusmeiro Petit (0-0, -.–) will face Padres’ left-hander Eric Stults (6-3, 2.69).
Today’s Starting Lineup
NL WEST CHAMPS… The Giants won the 2012 NL West division for the 8th time since the advent of divisional play began in 1969 (1971, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012)…it’s the 2nd time in the last 3 seasons that they’ve won the NL West.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than National League West Division Champions.
HIT STREAKING…IF Marco Scutaro enters today’s game tied with Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki for the longest hitting streak in the NL, having matched his career-best hit streak at 12 games…during this stretch he’s batting .471 (24-for-51) with 2 2Bs and 11 RBI.
WITH RISP…Prior to the All-Star break, SF batted .225 (174-for-773) with RISP, which ranked 15th of 16th among NL teams…however, since the break, the Giants are hitting .306 (200-for-654) in these situations, the highest clip in the Majors.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Has recorded 6 of the Giants’ last 13 saves and is 7-for-9 overall this year and left-handed batters are 4-for-their-last-26 off him and just 5-for-their-last-40 (.125). Leads the club with 68 appearances this season.
BRANDON BELT… Beginning July 27, is hitting .327 (53-for-162). His 15 RBI this month are tied for the 8th-most in the NL and he is hitting RHP at a .390 clip (41-for-105) over his last 45 games.
SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER…SF’s .750 (15-5) win pct. this month is tied with the Brewers for the best mark in the Majors.