TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the San Diego Padres in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (10-15, 5.15) will face Padres’ right-hander Edinson Volquez (11-11, 4.13).
Today’s Starting Lineup
SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER…SF’s .692 (18-8) win pct. this month is tied with the Braves for the best record in the Majors.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than 4 calling birds.
RACE FOR THE NL BATTING TITLE…C Buster Posey leads the NL with a .337 batting avg. while the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is 2nd with a .329 mark…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.
ROAD SERIES WINS…The Giants haven’t lost a series on the road since dropping 2 of 3 games at Pittsburgh right before the All-Star break from July 6-8…since then, the Giants have gone 9-0-1 (win-lost-split) in their last 10 road series…it’s the 1st time for SF to go 10-or-more consecutive road series without a loss since July 16-Sept. 8, 1968 (6-0-4).
SCUTARO’S STREAK…IF Marco Scutaro enters today’s game with the longest active hit- ting streak in the Majors, having hit safely in a career-best 17 games…during this stretch he’s batting .441 (30-for-68) with 4 2Bs, 1 HR and 14 RBI.
ANGEL PAGAN… Beginning Aug. 1, has batted .308 (68×221) with 16 2Bs, 10 3Bs, 3 HRs and 21 RBI in 55 games… Leads the Majors with 15 triples, setting a SF Giants record… Leads the club with 29 stolen bases this season…has been successful in 29/35 stolen bases attempts.
HUNTER PENCE… His 31 go-ahead RBI are the 2nd-most in the NL and his 18 game winning RBI T2nd-most… Is just 11 hits away from 1,000 hits in his career.