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
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).
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).
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.
JOAQUIN ARIAS… 28-year-old is on his 1st career postseason roster… Finished the NLDS by going 3-for-6 with 3 runs scored.
HUNTER PENCE… Recorded his 1st RBI and extra base hit of the postseason last night with a solo HR.
GUILLERMO MOTA… 39-year-old veteran is on his 4th career postseason roster (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012).