MORSE’S LATE-INNING RBI ARE THE DIFFERENCE… IF/OF Michael Morse, who hit a solo HR in the 2nd inning, snapped a 4-4 tie with two-run double in the 8th of SF’s 6-5 win last night…Morse leads the team with 37 RBI, but entering play yesterday, he had driven in only two runs in the 8th inning or later ofgames this season (Elias).
GIANTS WITH BEST RECORD IN THE MAJORS… The Giants, winners of seven of their last eight games and 12 of their last 17, enter tonight’s game with the best overall winning pct. in the Majors, posting a .648 ! gure (35-19).
TOMORROW’S GAME… Saturday, May 31 at St. Louis (11:15): RHP Michael Wacha (3-3, 2.67) vs. TBA — CSN Bay Area
ANGEL PAGAN… Is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Is holding left-handed batters at a .160 clip (4-for-25).
TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-3, 3.15) has gone 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts this month with 38 strikeouts in 32.0 innings…the Giants’ ace will be looking to snap a three-start losing streak against the Cardinals, during which he’s posted a 5.59 ERA…RHP Adam Wainwright (8-2, 1.67), the Major Leagues’ ERA leader, is seeking to become the ! rst nine-game winner in the NL…the right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last four starts.
HOLDING ON TO LEADS… The Giants are 25-1 (.962) when leading after 6.0 innings this season, 28-1 (.967) when leading after 7.0 frames and a perfect 28-0 when leading after 8.0.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has appeared in 41 of 55 games (11 starts; seven in CF, four in LF).
HECTOR SANCHEZ… Has started 19 of 55 games (18 at catcher, one at 1st).
HUNTER PENCE… Is batting .361 (22-for-61) vs. LHP, which ranks as the 10th-highest mark in the NL.