TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (7-4, 2.62) will make his 16th start of the season…he’s struggled in his last two outings, surrendering 11 runs in 10.1 innings of work… Hudson is 5-1 with a 3.20 ERA in eight career starts against the Reds… RHP Homer Bailey (7-4, 4.80) is winless in his last three outings after posting four consecutive victories… has struggled in his career at AT&T Park, allowing 11 runs in 17.0 innings (5.82 ERA) in three outings.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Matched his career-high with three walks last night (fifth time, first since 2011).
HECTOR SANCHEZ… Has started 28/82 games (27 at catcher, one at 1st)…made a total of 24 starts last season.
GREGOR BLANCO… Is hitting .296 (29×98) with nine RBI in his past 30 games.
JOE PANIK… RBI…has started six of eight games at 2nd base (3 errors).
HUNTER PENCE… Is batting .323 (21×65) with three homers and seven RBI in his past 15 games.
BUSTER POSEY… His .367 average in June ranks as the third-highest in the NL.
PUT AWAY THE BROOMS… The Giants have never been swept in a four game series here at AT&T Park… the last time SF was swept in a four game series in San Francisco was Sept. 12-15, 1996 (doubleheader on the 15th) vs. Pittsburgh at Candlestick Park.
JOE PANIK… Went 2-for-4 last night with an RBI.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Was charged with his first loss of the season last night, allowing a season-high three runs.
TWO NO-NO’S – SAME CALENDAR YEAR… According to Elias, Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax as the only players in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to throw two no-hitters within the span of a calendar year.
ELITE COMPANY… Lincecum is now one of four pitchers all-time with multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple no-hitters, joining Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax… Lincecum and Koufax are the only two with multiple no-hitters, multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple World Series rings.
TWICE AS FUN… Lincecum became the 32nd pitcher with multiple no-hitters and became the fourth active pitcher to achieve the feat, joining Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle and Justin Verlander.
THREE STRAIGHT SEASONS WITH A NO-HITTER… Giants pitchers (Cain in 2012, Lincecum in 2013, Lincecum in 2014) have recorded a no-hitter in each of the last three seasons… the last time a team had a no-hitter in three-straight seasons was when Nolan Ryan of the California Angels had two in 1973 and one each in 1974 and 1975 (Elias).
DID YOU KNOW?… Yesterday was the second time that the Padres’ Chase Headley cost a Giants pitcher a perfect game as he was the only baserunner allowed by Jonathan Sanchez in his no-hitter on July 10, 2009 and then was the only runner allowed by Lincecum yesterday.
BUSTER POSEY… Had a season-high four hits with a2B and two RBI in support of Lincecum no-no, playing 1B.
HUNTER PENCE… Is only Giants player on the team to start all 79 games…has played 702 of SF’s 707 innings.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has started 71 of 79 games at shortstop (11 errors).
HECTOR SANCHEZ… Caught Lincecum no-no yesterday, becoming just third Venezuelan born player to catch a no hitter (Miguel Montero 2010, Jesus Montero 2012 – courtesy Bill Arnold).
SERIES NOTES… The Giants took two of three from Cincinnati earlier this month at Great American Ball Park, winning its first series versus the Reds since August of 2010… dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, the Reds have won seven of the last 12 meetings here at AT&T Park.
BUSTER POSEY… Is tied for third in the NL with 11 caught stealings.
TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Lincecum (5-5, 4.90) is coming o” a 4-1 loss Friday at Arizona, allowing four runs in 6.0 innings while striking out a season-low one batter…he has won each of his last three starts versus the Padres, including a 4-3 win this season on April 20 at Petco Park… RHP Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.90) has gone 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA over his last three starts…he’s 7-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 17 career starts against the Giants.
JOE PANIK… Was SF’s first round selection (29th overall pick) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Ranks third in the Majors with seven triples (had eight in his career prior to this season).
HOME WOES… Despite having the second-best home record in the National League at 23-17 (.575), the Giants have lost each of their last five home contests while also losing eight of their last nine…SF hasn’t lost more than five consecutive home games since a seven-game losing streak from May 14-31, 2008.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has started the Giants’ last 16 games after getting only 11 starts in previous 62 contests.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Has already allowed two HRs this year (68 batters faced)…prior to this season he had faced 605 batters while in a Giants uniform and allowed just two home runs.
TYLER COLVIN… Has started 23 of 41 games since joining the club, hitting safely in 16 of 23 starts.
MICHAEL MORSE… Leads the club in doubles (18), home runs (13), RBI (44) and slugging pct. (.518).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is one HR short of reaching the 100 career home run milestone.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… His 36 RBI this season are tied with Buster Posey for the second most on the club… is already just nine RBI shy of matching his career-best for a season (45 in 2012).
POWER RANKINGS… The Giants enter tonight’s contest with a 4.0 game lead in the NL West, having posted the third best record in the Majors at 45-31 (.592)… only Oakland (47-29, .618) and Milwaukee (47-31, .603) have logged better marks.
HOME WOES… Despite having the best home record in the National League at 23-16 (.590), the Giants have lost each of their last four home contests while also losing seven of their last eight… the only Giants pitcher to earn a win in this stretch of eight games was Hudson on June 12 versus Washington.
HUNTER PENCE… Is hitting .339 (78×230) in his last 58 games.
GREGOR BLANCO… Is hitting .325 (25×77) with nine RBI in his past 25 games, despite just two hits in his last 15 ABs.
HUDDY AT HOME… The Giants have yet to lose a home game started by RHP Tim Hudson, as the team is 7-0 this season in his home starts… Hudson has personally gone 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA here at AT&T Park this season… his five home wins are tied for the most in the NL while his ERA is the seventh best.
BUSTER POSEY… Has made 64 starts (52 at catcher, 11 at 1st and one at DH).
JOE PANIK… Hit .321 (94×293) in 74 games for Fresno with 50 runs scored, 14 2Bs, five HRs and 45 RBI.
MICHAEL MORSE… Is hitting .310 (13×42) with RISP and two outs… 25 of his 44 RBI have come with two outs.
JAVIER LOPEZ… Is holding left-handed batters at a .194 clip (7-for-36).
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