BRANDON CRAWFORD… His 36 RBI this season are tied with Buster Posey for the second most on the club… is already just nine RBI shy of matching his career-best for a season (45 in 2012).
POWER RANKINGS… The Giants enter tonight’s contest with a 4.0 game lead in the NL West, having posted the third best record in the Majors at 45-31 (.592)… only Oakland (47-29, .618) and Milwaukee (47-31, .603) have logged better marks.
HOME WOES… Despite having the best home record in the National League at 23-16 (.590), the Giants have lost each of their last four home contests while also losing seven of their last eight… the only Giants pitcher to earn a win in this stretch of eight games was Hudson on June 12 versus Washington.
HUNTER PENCE… Is hitting .339 (78×230) in his last 58 games.
GREGOR BLANCO… Is hitting .325 (25×77) with nine RBI in his past 25 games, despite just two hits in his last 15 ABs.
HUDDY AT HOME… The Giants have yet to lose a home game started by RHP Tim Hudson, as the team is 7-0 this season in his home starts… Hudson has personally gone 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA here at AT&T Park this season… his five home wins are tied for the most in the NL while his ERA is the seventh best.
BUSTER POSEY… Has made 64 starts (52 at catcher, 11 at 1st and one at DH).
JOE PANIK… Hit .321 (94×293) in 74 games for Fresno with 50 runs scored, 14 2Bs, five HRs and 45 RBI.
MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .310 (13×42) with RISP and two outs… 25 of his 44 RBI have come with two outs.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Is holding left-handed batters at a .194 clip (7-for-36).