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.