TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.13) who will make his 10th start this season, has been the Giants’ best and most consistent starter so far, logging 7.0+ innings in seven of his nine starts while also allowing two earned runs or fewer in eight of nine….RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 2.33) will make his fifth start of the season (fourth on the road)…he’s allowed one run-or-less in three of his four outings.
DAVID HUFF… Missed 18 games earlier this season on the D.L. with a left quad strain.
SELLOUT STREAKING… The Giants have sold out their last 272 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’ 60 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.
ANGEL PAGAN… Is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
PABLO AT THE PLATE… IF Pablo Sandoval has raised his batting average by 72 points over the last three weeks from .167 to his current .239 mark by hitting safely in 17 of his past 19 games at .357 (25-for-70)…Sandoval has driven in 16 runs in his past 15 contests, and has at least one RBI in each of his last six games (11 RBI in this span), which is the longest such streak of his career.
HECTOR SANCHEZ… Is 8-for-24 (.333) with RISP and 4-for-11 (.364) with RISP and two outs.
GIANTS WITH BEST RECORD IN THE MAJORS… The Giants, winners of four of their last five and nine of their last 14, enter today’s game with the best overall winning percentage in the Majors, posting a .627 figure (32-19).
CLUTCH HITTING WITH TWO OUTS… The Giants have scored 100 of their 219 runs (45.7%) this season with two outs and are tied with the Los Angeles Angels for the most runs with two outs in the Majors…as a team, the Giants are hitting just .227 with two outs, but .282 with runners in scoring position and two down, which ranks as the best clip in the Majors.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… His five home runs this month are tied for the fourth-most in the league.