Quick Hits for July 19, 2014

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TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (7-6, 2.87) has gone 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in his last five starts…he looks to bounce back here in Miami, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 career outings, including a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in three starts here at Marlins Park…Hudson has won each of his last five starts against the Marlins…RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-4, 2.73) has fashioned the second-lowest home ERA in the Majors with a 1.56 figure and has gone 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA (4er, 45.1ip) in his last six home starts…he’s 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA (9er, 13.0ip) in two career starts against San Francisco.

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A FIRST FOR PABLO AND BUSTER… IF Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a HR and three RBI last night, while C BusterPosey recorded three hits and two RBI…it was the first time in their six seasons as teammates that Sandoval and Posey each had multiple hits and at least two RBI in a Giants win (Elias).

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Is 5-for-22 (.227) as a pinch-hitter.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Lincecum is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins…received the loss against them earlier this season on May 17 despite allowing three runs in 6.0 innings of a 5-0 loss.

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Had his career-high seven game hit streak snapped last night after going 0-for-1.

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JEAN MACHI… Has thrown 3.2-scoreless innings over his last four appearances.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Homered last night for the first time since June 5 and matched his season-high with three RBI.

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HUNTER PENCE… 014 All-Star has appeared in 318-consecutive games and has started 268-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.

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GIANTS ONE OF TOP TEAMS IN NL… San Francisco enters tonight’s game tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the National League at 53-43 (.552)…only the Brewers have a better mark at 54-43 (.557).

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GOING FOR A WIN STREAK LONGER THAN TWO… The Giants look to win three in a row tonight for the first time in more than a month, as their last win streak of three-or-more games came June 4-8, a five-game winning streak against the Reds and Mets.

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