TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of this three-game series… LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.06) will square off with RHP Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.52).
SOUTHPAW SUCCESS…The Giants are 12-11 against left -handed starting pitchers this season and as a team are hitting .285 against lefties, the highest figure in the NL…OF Hunter Pence (.371, fifh), IF Pablo Sandoval (.350, eighth) and C Buster Posey (.343, 10th) all rank within the top 10 in the NL in batting average against left -handers.
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GREGOR BLANCO… Is batting .345 (29-for-84) this month, which ranks as the seventh-highest figure in the NL.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has already hit a career-high five HRs after hitting seven total in his previous two campaigns.
JOSE MIJARES… Is holding LH batters to a .217 mark (10×46) with just two extra base hits (2B, HR).
BRANDON BELT… Led the Giants’ offense last night by going 3-for-4 with a solo HR (#8) and two RBI.
HUNTER PENCE… Is the only Giant to start all 77 games this season…has played all but 4.0 defensive innings.