October 19th, 2012

NLCS Game 5 – San Francisco

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Since all the Giants’ postseason road games have fallen on weekdays so far, many members of the front office staff have watched all the games on the scoreboard from the dugout.

NLCS Game 5 – Quick Hits

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th game of this best-of-7 National League Championship Series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (0-0, 6.75) will face Cardinals’ right-hander Lance Lynn (1-1, 8.59).

Today’s Starting Lineup

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning last night, his 2nd home run of this postseason… Is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with 2 HRs and 6 RBI in his past 6 games.

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than awards won by Buster Posey this year (so far).

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BARRY ZITO… Owns lifetime 4-3 record with a 3.45 ERA (18er, 47.0ip) in 8 career post-season starts, advancing to playoffs with Oakland on 5 occasions (2000-03, 2006) and now San Francisco… Made his Giants postseason debut in Game 4 of the Division Series vs. Cincinnati, tossing 2.2 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 strike- outs and 4 walks…has not appeared in a game since (span of 8 days).

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POSEY HONORED…Major League Baseball announced today that C Buster Posey was named the 2012 National League Comeback Player of the Year in a vote by the 30 Club beat reporters from MLB.com…the Rays’ Fernando Rodney was the AL winner…the traditional Comeback Player of the Year award, which The Sporting News has presented annually since 1965, will be announced at a later date.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… 28-year-old is on his 1st career postseason roster… Finished the NLDS by going 3-for-6 with 3 runs scored.

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HUNTER PENCE… Recorded his 1st RBI and extra base hit of the postseason last night with a solo HR.

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GUILLERMO MOTA… 39-year-old veteran is on his 4th career postseason roster (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012).

NL MLB Comeback Player Of The Year – Buster Posey

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His grand slam was the 3rd in Giants franchise history, the 3rd by a catcher in the Majors and it was the 4th slam by a player in a winner-take-all game.

BUSTER POSEY WINs 2012 NL MLB COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Giants Catcher Honored for Outstanding 2012 Regular Season.  The Comeback Player of the Year Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player in each League who has re-emerged on the field during the season.

Posey, who played in just 45 games in 2011 after sustaining a season-ending injury on May 25th, captured the National League batting title in 2012 after hitting .336 with a career-best 24 home runs and 103 RBI. The 25-year-old backstop also posted career highs with 39 doubles, 78 runs scored, 69 walks, a .408 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging percentage. In addition to leading the N.L. in hitting, the 2010 N.L. Rookie of the Year ranked among league leaders in on-base percentage (2nd), slugging percentage (4th), RBI (6th), multi-hit games (52, T-6th), total bases (291, T-7th), hits (178, T-8th), doubles (T-8th) and walks (10th).

Posey, who was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, was named to his first All-Star Game in 2012 after setting a new N.L. single-season balloting mark with 7,621,370 votes. The Leesburg, Georgia native appeared in 148 games, including 111 starts behind the plate, 29 starts at first base and three starts as the designated hitter. The Florida State University product became the sixth player in franchise history (seventh time) to win a batting title, joining Roger Connor (1885), Jack Glasscock (1890), Larry Doyle (1915), Bill Terry (1930), Willie Mays (1954) and Barry Bonds (2002 and 2004). In addition, Posey becomes the first catcher and the first Giant to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award since the inception of the award in 2005.

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Started all 5 of the Division Series games vs. Cincinnati (4 at catcher, 1 at 1st base).

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Is 6-for-29 (.207) with 3 runs, 2 HRs (grand slam), 5 RBI and 6 BBs this postseason.

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In Game 5 at Cincinnati he hit a grand slam, capping the Giants’ 6-run 5th inning.

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Had a .844 On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage in the NLDS.

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Is on his 2nd career postseason roster as he helped the 2010 Giants win their 1st World Series in San Francisco history.

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