Quick Hits for July 21, 2014

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Has made 18 starts this season (13 at 2nd base and five at shortstop).

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BUSTER POSEY… Is 14-for-his-last-34 (.412) against left-handed pitchers.

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TOUGH ROAD AHEAD… The Giants have a lot of traveling to do in the second half, with four separate trips into the Eastern time zone between now and Sept. 7…most of their games in the second half will come on the road as they play 36 more games on the road and only 28 at home…27 of their final 64 games will be against teams with records of .500 or better…the Giants also face only NL West teams in the final three weeks of the season.

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HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, batting .307 (27-for-88).

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IN THE BULLPEN… San Francisco’s relief corps has fashioned a 2.83 ERA, the third-lowest figure in the NL behind the Padres (2.53) and Nationals (2.67)…Giants relievers have combined to allow just two runs on 14 hits in 20.2 innings (0.87 ERA) over their last nine games.

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POWER RANKINGS… At 54-44 (.551), the Giants are tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the NL behind the Nationals (53-43, .552)…SF’s record is tied for fifth-best overall in the Majors behind Oakland (61-37, .622), Los Angeles-AL (59-38, .608), Detroit (54-41, .568) and Washington.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied with Alex Rios for the second-most triples in the Majors (Dee Gordon, 9).

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NEW STARTER FOR TOMORROW… Please note that RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.86) will now start tomorrow’s game in place of RHP Matt Cain.

 

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TONIGHT’S TRANSACTIONS… Prior to tonight’s game the Giants have placed IF Brandon Belt on the 7-day disabled list (retro to July 20) with a concussion and have recalled IF Adam Duvall (#37) from triple-A Fresno…also, RHP Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation (retro to July 11)…RHP George Kontos (#70) has been recalled from triple-A.

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RYAN VOGELSOG… Became the first Giants’ starting pitcher to receive no runs of support in four-straight outings during a single season since Lynn McGlothen from April 16, 1977 to May 1, 1977 (STATS LLC).

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