INSIDE THE SERIES… San Francisco and San Diego have split the season series 6-6 entering tonight’s game…seven of the Giants’ last 10 games this season will be played against the Padres.
JEAN MACHI… Right-handed hitters are just 5-for-their-last-54 (.092) against him.
HEATING UP… IF Brandon Crawford matched his career-high with four hits on Wednesday in Arizona…Crawford ranks second in the NL with a .452 batting average (19-for-42) and is tied for the sixth with 12 RBI this month.
ONE MORE WIN NEEDED… RHP Tim Hudson needs one more win for his 14th season in the big leagues with double-digit victories…Hudson won at least 11 games in each of his six seasons with the A’s…the only pitchers to post double-digit wins in a season for both Bay Area teams are Vida Blue and Barry Zito, who each did it six times with Oakland and four for San Francisco.
BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .440 (44×100) with 21 runs, eight 2Bs, 3B, eight HRs and 28 RBI in his last 25 games.
BRETT BOCHY… Spent most of the 2014 season with triple-A Fresno, appearing in 35 games and posting a 3.83 ERA (23er, 54.0ip) along with 47 strikeouts and 27 walks.
TIM HUDSON… Has allowed the fourth-fewest walks per 9.0 innings in the NL (1.55).
TIM HUDSON… Has induced 321 groundballs (second-most in NL) and 17 double-plays.
THE GIANTS… Have won eight of their last 12 contests and have gone 15-6 in their last 21 games – tied for the best in the NL and the third best of any MLB team since Aug. 26.
IN THE STANDINGS… San Francisco enters play today just 2.5 games back of LA for first place in the NL West with three head-to-head contests remaining (Monday-Wednesday at Dodger Stadium)…the Giants currently own the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +2.0 games ahead of the Pirates…SF’s magic number to clinch a Postseason berth stands at five games.