BUSTER POSEY… Leads the Majors with a .355 batting average (91-for-256) on the road.
JOE PANIK… Has started 60/82 games at 2nd base since being called up from triple-A Fresno June 21.
WHAT’S LEFT?… The Giants have just seven games remaining (3 at LA, 4 vs. SD), while the Pirates begin a seven-game road trip tonight with four games at Atlanta and three at Cincinnati…the Brewers are wrapping up a nine-game road trip with a three-game set at Cincinnati starting tonight, then end the season with a three-game series vs. Chicago-NL.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Has given up just three runs in his last 31 appearances (20.0ip, 1.35 ERA).
ON THE MOUND TONIGHT… RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.16) will try to end the Giants’ three-game skid by winning a career-high fifth consecutive start tonight…Peavy has been the best pitcher in the Majors over the last month and a half (beginning Aug. 13), going 6-1 with a 1.13 ERA (6er, 48.0ip) in his past seven starts…Peavy has gone 7-1 with a 2.85 ERA (26er, 82.0ip) in 13 career starts here at Dodger Stadium.
ANGEL PAGAN… Returned to action Friday night at SD, going 0-for-2 with a walk and SB…however, had to come out in the 6th inning after feeling tightness in his back.
JAKE PEAVY… Has gone 6-1 with a 1.13 ERA (6er, 48.0ip) with 39 strikeouts in his last seven starts.
JUST SCORE FIRST… SF has posted a record of 62-17 (.785) when scoring the game’s first run…they are 22-54 (.289) when their opponent scores ! rst.
POSEY HITTING OVER .350 ON THE ROAD… C Buster Posey leads the Majors with a .354 (92-for-260) batting average on the road this season…he’s hit .444 (28-for-63) with ! ve home runs and 13 RBI in his past 16 road games… there have been just four Giants in SF-era history (since 1958) to hit over .350 on the road: Barry Bonds (.386 in 2002 and .359 in 1993), Melky Cabrera (.367 in 2012), Willie Mays (.367 in 1958) and Orlando Cepeda (.351 in 1963).
HUNTER PENCE…Is tied for NL lead in hits (179), is second in runs (105) and total bases (288), tied for second in triples (10) and fourth in multi-hit games (50).