MATT DUFFY… Has started five games (three at 2B and two at SS).
THE GIANTS… Have won six of their last eight games and enter tonight’s contest here in Washington 3.5-games behind the first place Dodgers in the National League West.
JOE PANIK… His .429 average (27×63) in August leads all ML hitters.
HUNTER PENCE… 2014 All-Star has appeared in 349-consecutive games and has started 299-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has 17 hits in his last 38 at-bats (.447) with RISP.
MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .400 (16-for-40) with one HR and eight RBI in his past 13 games.
GREGOR BLANCO… is 4-for-6 over his last six games, with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.
IN THE ‘PEN… The Giants bullpen has combined for the second-lowest ERA in the Majors since the All-Star break, fashioning a 2.00 figure (21er, 94.2ip) in 29 games.
BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .385 (30×78) with a .435 OBP as a first baseman (20 starts) compared to .267 clip (90×337) and .325 OBP as a catcher (88 starts) this season.
SERGIO ROMO… Is 23-for-28 in SV chances, with his 23 saves ranking as the 11th-most in the NL.