GIANTS STILL SEEKING TO TURN THINGS AROUND… Two and a half weeks ago, the Giants had a season-best 9.5 game lead over the second-place Dodgers in the NL West…18 days later, the Giants have lost 12 of their past 16 games and have lost 7.5 games to the Dodgers in the standings…they enter tonight just 2.0 games up on LA, their smallest lead since May 20.
ALL ABOUT HOMERS.. SF enters tonight ranking third in the NL with 77 HRs, however have hit just eight in their past 18 games and have just seven in their last 16 games here at AT&T Park…the Giants are 33-14 (.702) when they hit at least one HR and 13-19 (.406) when they don’t go yard.
SERGIO ROMO… Is 22-for-26 in SV chances…his 22 saves are tied for the fourth-most in the Majors.
INKED… The Giants have signed 11 of their 40 draft selections so far from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including seven of the first top 15 picks and three from the top 10: RHP Samuel Coonrod (5th round), IF Skyler Ewing (6th) and LHP Matthew Gage (10th).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is one HR shy of reaching the 100 career home run milestone.
PENCE AND THE REDS… OF Hunter Pence is hitting .485 (16-for-33) with four extra base hits (two doubles, triple, homer) and three RBI in his past eight games against the Reds.
DUVALL’S DEBUT… IF Adam Duvall became the third player this season – joining St. Louis’ Oscar Taveras and Houston’s Jon Singleton to homer in a Major League debut…Duvall became the 13th Giants player to record his first big league hit as a home run in his first game (since 1919) and the 16th Giant since 1914 to homer in a debut.
BUSTIN’ OUT… C Buster Posey has hit safely in 20 of his 22 games this month, batting .376 (32-for-85) with 11 extra base hits (nine doubles, two homers) and 14 RBI…Posey had a total of just 10 extra base hits in the first two months of the season (49 games)… he’s raised his batting average by 41 points this month from .254 to his current mark of .295, which is the second-highest on the team behind Angel Pagan (.307).
SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has retired all 12 batters faced (four Ks) over three outings (4.0ip) since coming off the DL.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has started the Giants’ last 18 games after getting only 11 starts in previous 62 contests.