BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .421 (16×38) with four 2Bs, HR and seven RBI in his last 11 games.
SERGIO ROMO… Has allowed just two runs in his last 22 appearances (0.98 ERA, 18.1ip), recording 23 strikeouts and issuing three walks in that span (.169 opponents avg. against).
GOING HOME… The Giants host the Padres for a four-game series starting tomorrow night that will conclude the regular season…the Giants have won 10 of their last 12 home contests and have been one of the best teams at home beginning July 30, going 14-5 (.737)…only the Cardinals (.759, 22-7), Orioles (.742, 23-8) and Padres (.741, 20-7) have been better at home since that date.
WILD RACE TO FINISH… The Giants trail the Pirates by 1.0 game for home-field advantage in the one-game wild-card round, and hold a +5.0 game edge over the Brewers for the second slot…Pittsburgh is just 1.5 games behind St. Louis for the NL Central crown and the Giants hold the tiebreaker for home-field advantage over St. Louis should the Giants and Cardinals end up in the wild card game next Wednesday.
JOE PANIK… Is hitting .347 (61×176) since Aug. 4, which is the fourth-highest in the NL since that date.
WHEN SCORING FOUR OR MORE… The Giants have won 37 of their last 40 contests in which they have scored at least four runs…SF is 71-13 (.845) overall in such games.
ON THE MOUND… RHP Tim Hudson (9-12, 3.52) looks to regroup after two rough outings where he’s combined to allow 11 runs (10er) on 15 hits in just 5.1 innings…Hudson is 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 16 starts against the Dodgers, however has lost his last three decisions, going 0-3 with a 5.85 ERA in his past four starts…LHP Clayton Kershaw (20-3, 1.80) has gone 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in three starts against SF this season…the Giants have defeated Kershaw three times in 13 starts here at Dodger Stadium.
BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .417 (50×120) with 21 runs, eight 2Bs, 3B, eight HRs and 28 RBI in his last 30 games.
TIM HUDSON… Needs one more win for his 14th season in the big leagues with double-digit victories….is attempting to tie Mark Buehrle for the most seasons in a career with 10+ wins among active pitchers…Hudson has 13 such seasons while Buehrle has 14.
TIM HUDSON… 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.