Quick Hits for August 31, 2014

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MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .344 (22-for-64) with one HR and 11 RBI in his past 20 games.

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HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in a season-high 12-consecutive games and joins NYM’s David Wright as the only players with four separate double digit hit streaks this season.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Posted 2-for-3 effort with RBI (walk and strikeout) last night, snapping 11-for-72 (.153) spell in his previous 23 games (eight walks, 27 strikeouts).

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… His nine triples are tied for the second-most in the bigs (Dee Gordon, 12).

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NO-HIT BIDS… RHP Jake Peavy became the seventh Giants starter this season to hold the opposition hitless through the first 5.0 innings of a game…Peavy and Tim Lincecum have done it twice, while Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner have each done it once (Lincecum is the only one of the group who completed a no-hitter)…the last ML team that did not allow a hit over the first 5.0 innings of seven games in the same season was the Tigers in 2011 (Justin Verlander did it four times, and Doug Fister, Brad Penny and Rick Porcello each did it once)… the last Giants team to have seven starts of that sort was the 1975 team (Pete Falcone did it four times, Jim Barr twice and Ed Halicki once (Halicki was the only one of the group to complete the no-no) (Elias).

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STARTING STRONG… Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 1.01 ERA (5er, 44.2ip) with 50 strikeouts and just six walks in the first six games of this homestand.

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THE GIANTS… Have won five straight games and eight of their last 11 contests… SF looks to win their sixth consecutive contest today, which would match their longest winning streak of the season (two times, last: July 24-29).

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IN THE STANDINGS… SF enters today’s game 2.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, their smallest deficit since August 6…SF holds a 1.0 game lead over the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot in the NL.

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ANGEL PAGAN… Is hitting .327 (16×49) with RISP and .353 (12×34) w/ RISP and two outs this season.

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Left-handed batters are 5-for-their-last-41 (.122) off him.

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