HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .444 (20×45) with four HRs during this span.
THE BEST WHEN THE SUN IS OUT… The Giants’ 14-4 record (.778) in day games this season is the best in the Majors…SF is averaging 5.32 runs per game (101 runs) in 19 day games, which ranks as the second- highest figure in the Majors behind Texas (6.20 runs/game).
GIANTS WITH BEST RECORD IN THE MAJORS… The Giants, winners of four-straight and nine of their last 13, enter today’s game with the best overall winning percentage in the Majors, posting a .640 figure (32-18)…it’s the first time since 1973 that the Giants have posted the Major Leagues’ best winning pct. through a 50-game record (courtesy of Bill Arnold, Sports Features Group)…the Giants are a season-high 14 games over .500.
OPENING WITH A WIN… The Giants have gone 12-4 in series openers, winning six of their last seven games.
I’D LIKE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE… IF/OF Michael Morse recorded his first career game with three doubles yesterday vs. Minnesota…Morse became just the fifth Giants player with three doubles here at AT&T Park, joining Benito Santiago (May 27, 2002), Deivi Cruz (June 22, 2004), Nate Schierholtz (Sept. 24, 2008) and Pablo Sandoval (Sept. 11, 2011).
JUST SCORE FIRST… SF has posted a record of 24-4 (.857) when scoring the game’s first run…they are 8-14 when their opponent scores first.
SELLOUT STREAKING… The Giants have sold out their last 271 regular season home games, which extends the longest consecutive regular season home sellout streak in the National League…SF’s streak is currently the longest active one in the Majors.
IT’S OUTTA HERE… The Giants’ 59 home runs are the second-most in the NL behind Colorado (66)…last season, the Giants didn’t hit their 60th home run until two days before the All-Star break on July 13 (90th game)…11 different Giants players have homered this season.
CLUTCH HITTING WITH TWO OUTS… The Giants have scored 99 of their 215 runs (46.0%) this season with two outs…the only team in the Majors that have scored more two out runs than the Giants are the Los Angeles Angels (100)…as a team, the Giants are hitting just .230 with two outs, but .281 with runners in scoring position and two down, which ranks as the best clip in the Majors.
ON THE MOUND… Giants starting pitchers have fashioned a 2.01 ERA (10er, 44.2ip) in their past eight games, limiting opponents to three runs or fewer in all eight of those contests.