10 GAME HOMESTAND CONTINUES… San Francisco’s 10-game homestand continues tonight with the start of a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals… the Giants are 1-6 (1-2 vs. SD and 0-4 vs. CIN) so far on this homestand and have dropped 12 of their last 14 home contests… the Cardinals continue their 10-game road trip, having posted a 3-4 record so far (2-1 at COL and 1-3 at LAD)… SF currently leads the season series against St. Louis 3-1.
SELLOUT STREAKING… The Giants have sold out their last 291 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.
TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Lincecum (6-5, 4.42) is making his first start since throwing his second career no-hitter against the Padres last Wednesday… Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA (15er, 46.2ip) in seven career starts against the Cardinals, but has not faced them since June 1, 2011… LHP Marco Gonzales (0-0, 9.00) will be making his second career start tonight… made his Major League debut last Wednesday at Colorado and allowed five runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings.
FOLLOWING THE NO-NO… In the start following his no-hitter last season, Tim Lincecum surrendered a career-high eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings of work vs. Cincinnati.
TOUGH DRAW… Tonight St. Louis will face Tim Lincecum, who threw a no-hitter in his last start, after facing two other pitchers who threw no-nos this season on Thursday (Josh Beckett) and Sunday (Clayton Kershaw)…the last time a team faced three different starting pitchers in a five-game span who had previously pitched a no-hitter in that season was in 1960, the Pirates faced Don Cardwell, Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn from Sept. 22-25, 1960 (STATS, LLC).
BUSTER POSEY… Hit safely in 22 of 25 games during June, hitting .362 (34×94) over span.
HUNTER PENCE… Is batting .319 (22×69) with three homers and seven RBI in his past 16 games.
MICHAEL MORSE… Has started 76 games (44 in LF, 31 at 1st base, one at DH, one error total).
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied for second in the Majors with eight triples (had eight in career prior to this season).
BUSTER POSEY… Has made 69 starts (56 at catcher, 12 at 1st and one at DH).