PEAVY GOING FOR 2,000… RHP Jake Peavy is just three strikeouts shy of reaching the 2,000 career strikeout plateau…would join C.C. Sabathia (2,437), A.J. Burnett (2,337), Bartolo Colon (2,080) and teammate Tim Hudson (2,002) as the only active players with 2,000 or more career strikeouts.
GEORGE KONTOS… Made his first appearance last night since being recalled from triple-A Fresno on Monday…threw 2.0-scoreless innings of relief.
GREGOR BLANCO… Slugged his 4th homer of year and 2nd in last two games last night (off Estrada).
ON SHORES OF McCOVEY COVE… SF is 36-33 (.522) at home this season, having won eight of their last 11 games…SF won 22 of their first 31 (.710) home games this year, however have gone just 14-24 (.368) in their last 38 contests.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT… The Giants offense scored 13 runs, which were the most they have scored in a game here at AT&T Park since Aug. 24, 2010 vs. Cincinnati (16 runs)…their 19 hits were the second most the club has recorded in the history of AT&T Park (most: 20 on Aug. 14, 2001).
HUNTER’S HIT STREAK REACHES 10 – AGAIN… OF Hunter Pence has hit safely in 11 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NL and second-longest in the Majors, behind LAA’s Erick Aybar (14 games)…Pence and the Mets’ David Wright are the only players with four separate double digit hit streaks this season.
JOE PANIK… His .391 average (34×87) in August ranks third among all ML hitters.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 18-for-his-last-45 (.400) with six 2Bs, three HRs and 23 RBI with RISP.
ELITE COMPANY… C Buster Posey went 5-for-5 at the plate and became the first Giants catcher in the modern era with multiple five-hit games…the only other active players with more than one five-hit game as a catcher are Joe Mauer (five such games), Victor Martinez (four games), and A.J. Pierzynski (two games) (Elias).
HUNTER PENCE… Ranks second in NL in hits (143) and runs scored (82) and third in multi-hit games (41).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is batting .333 (45-for-135) with four HRs and 19 RBI in his last 33 contests.
BUSTER POSEY… His catchers ERA of 3.24 ranks second best in NL (SD’s Yasmani Grandal leads at 3.18).
ANGEL PAGAN… Has hit safely in nine of his last 10 MLB games, going 13-for-45 (.289) during this stretch.
MORSE STARTING TO HEAT UP… OF Michael Morse has reached base in seven of his last eight plate appearances and has gone 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, a triple, home run and four RBI in four games on this homestand.
MATT DUFFY… Has started five games (three at 2B and two at SS).
JOE PANIK… Went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and recorded his ! rst career triple yesterday.
GREGOR BLANCO… Went 2-for-2 with two RBI yesterday.
GIANTS MIDDLE RELIEF IS SHINING… Five Giants relievers pitched a total of 5.0-scoreless innings yesterday, giving SF a chance to rally from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Phillies, 6-5…San Francisco’s middle relievers, which Elias defines as those who enter the game before the 8th inning, have posted a 2.33 ERA this season, the lowest such mark in the National League (Elias).
IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants gained a game on the Dodgers last night and now stand 4.5 games behind first place Los Angeles in the NL West…SF currently holds the second NL wild card spot, 0.5 game ahead of the Pirates.
INSIDE THE SERIES… SF has still gone 7-5 against Los Angeles this season despite being outscored by a 42-39 margin.
ANDREW SUSAC… Made his Major League debut last night and went 0-for-1…also caught 2.0 innings.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 18-for-49 (.367) in his last 12 games and 27-for-84 (.321) in his last 23 contests.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied with Alex Rios and Yasiel Puig for the second-most triples in the Majors (Gordon, 10).
DAN UGGLA… Appeared in two games with Fresno, going 2-for-7 with a double and RBI.
BUSTER POSEY… Has just one hit in his last 11 ABs, but is still hitting .324 (11×34) in his past nine games.
HUNTER PENCE… Was named the Giants’ recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award.
ON THE SHORES OF McCOVEY COVE… After going 22-9 in their first 31 home games, the Giants have really struggled at AT&T Park as of late, winning just six of their past 24 games… the Giants have won just one of their last eight series here on the Shores of McCovey Cove.
ANDREW SUSAC… Had his contract purchased from triple-A Fresno prior to yesterday’s game, taking the place of C Hector Sanchez who was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
GREGOR BLANCO… Has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with an at-bat, going 13-for-42 (.309).
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.
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