TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Lincecum (9-7, 4.21) owns a 4-3 record with a 3.97 ERA (26er, 59.0ip) in 10 career starts against Milwaukee… he enters tonight’s game having thrown 12.0-consecutive scoreless frames against the Brewers… Lincecum will be opposed by RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 4.30), who will make his fifth start for the Brewers this season, having gone 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA (11er, 23.0ip)… Milwaukee is 2-2 this season in his outings.
THE GIANTS… Have won four of their last five games and enter tonight’s game 1.5 games behind the first place Dodgers in the National League West… SF currently is tied for the second-highest winning percentage in the NL with Milwaukee (61-51, .545) and Washington (60-50, .545).
ANDREW SUSAC… Was the Giants’ second-round draft pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Leads the club with 45 walks this season.
FULL THROTTLE… OF Hunter Pence recorded six hits in 18 at-bats in the Giants’ four-game series against the Mets in New York and all of his hits were good for extra bases (two 2Bs, two 3Bs and two HRs)… Pence is the first Giants player to register at least two 2Bs, two 3Bs and two HRs in one series since Dusty Rhodes posted three 2Bs, two 3Bs and two HRs for the New York Giants in a four-game series at St. Louis in August 1954 (Elias).
GREGOR BLANCO… Has started 38 of SF’s last 42 games since Angel Pagan has been out.
MICAHEL MORSE… Hit .286 with 16 2Bs, 13 HRs and 41 RBI in his first 59 games (through June 5).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is batting .348 (31-for-89) with two HRs and 13 RBI in his last 22 contests.
BUSTER POSEY… Matched his career-high with four walks yesterday (also: June 4, 2012 vs. CHC).
JUST SCORE FIRST… SF is 45-12 when they score the game’s first run and 16-39 when they don’t score first… their .789 winning pct. when scoring first is the highest in the NL.