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Quick Hits for October 21, 2014

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TRAVIS ISHIKAWA… Hit a three-run walk-o! home run in Game Five of the NLCS o! STL’s Michael Wacha to send the Giants to the World Series.

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has gone 17-consecutive playoff games without allowing a run, tied for the fifth-longest streak in Major League playo! history.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… On Oct. 1st at Pittsburgh, he became the first shortstop in postseason history to hit a grand slam.

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THE GIANTS… Will be looking to become the second NL team to win three World Series in a  ve-year span (Cardinals – 1942, 1944, 1946).

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MADISON BUMGARNER… Was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 NLCS, becoming the first Giants pitcher to ever win the award, dating back to 1977 when it was first awarded… went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA (3er, 15.2ip) in two starts against STL in the LCS.

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GIANTS IN THE FALL CLASSIC… The New York Giants were 5-9 lifetime in 14 appearances in the World Series and the San Francisco Giants have gone 2-3 in  ve trips to the Fall Classic…the franchise’s 53 World Series victories are the third-most all-time behind the Yankees (134) and Cardinals (58).

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GREGOR BLANCO… Is on his second postseason roster (2012)…has gone 7-for-44 (.159) in 10 starts (all in CF) this postseason.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… His 10 postseason doubles are the most in Giants’ franchise history.

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JOE PANIK… Became the seventh rookie in Giants franchise history to hit a HR in a postseason game when he hit a two-run blast in Game Five of the NLCS.

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HUNTER PENCE… Has reached base safely in 13-consecutive postseason games dating back to Game Two of the 2012 World Series vs. Detroit.

Quick Hits for October 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Madison Bumgarner

MADISON BUMGARNER… On his third postseason roster (2010, 2012), Bumgarner has gone 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA (15er, 35.2ip) in seven postseason games (6 starts).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

HUNTER PENCE… Is on his third postseason roster (2011 with Philadelphia, 2012 with San Francisco)…is 17-for-81 (.210) w/HR, eight RBI in 21 games.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval

PABLO SANDOVAL… Overall, hit .364 (24-for-66) in the 2012 postseason with six HRs, 13 RBI…his 24 hits were one shy of the all-time postseason record.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Brandon Crawford

BRANDON CRAWFORD… At 25 years old he became the ! fth-youngest Giants player to start at SS in a postseason game since Matt Williams in 1989 (23).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Team, Fans

GIANTS IN ELIMINATION GAMES – KEEP THE WIN STREAK GOING… The Giants are 17-17 all-time in elimination postseason games…SF has won each of their last six elimination games, all of which came in 2012…the Giants became just the second team to win six straight elimination games in a single postseason in 2012, joining the 1985 Royals.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

BUSTER POSEY… His 31 postseason games are already the most in Giants franchise history (Barry Bonds, J.T. Snow are second with 28).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval

POSTSEASON WIN STREAK… The Giants have won each of their last seven postseason games, the club’s longest postseason win streak in franchise history.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gregor Blanco

PAST POSTSEASON HISTORY BETWEEN GIANTS-PIRATES… SF and PIT are meeting in the postseason for just the second time…they also met in the 1971 NLCS, with the Pirates winning the best-of-seven series, 3-games-to-1.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Joe Panik

JOE PANIK… Went 31-for-83 (.373) versus left-handed pitchers…since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958, only two Giants rookie left-handed batters hit at least .300 against southpaws in at least 50 at-bats: Willie McCovey in 1959 (.340) and Will Clark in 1986 (.308) (Elias).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Brandon Belt

BRANDON BELT… Is on his second career postseason roster (2012)…started 15 games in the 2012 postseason, batting .184 (9×49) with a HR, three RBI.

Quick Hits for September 14, 2014

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

DOUBLE DIGIT LOSSES… Last night marked just the fifth double-digit shut out loss for the Giants by the Dodgers at home…the Giants lost by a score of 10-0 to the Dodgers on July 28, 2012 and also lost an 11-0 game to LA in San Francisco twice: Sept. 12, 1974 and June 21, 1997…the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Giants 10-0 at the Polo Grounds on Oct. 2, 1951.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Angel Pagan

GIANT OFFENSE – ONE OF THE BEST SINCE THE BREAK… The Giants’ offense has been one of the best in baseball since the All-Star break, ranking first in runs/game, team batting average and team batting average with runners in scoring position, while ranking second in team OPS.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

GIANTS COMING UP BIG WITH 2 OUTS… The Giants, who rank 12th in the Majors in total runs scored (621), have scored 254 runs with two outs, which leads the Majors in that category this season (Elias).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

TIM LINCECUM… Made his fifth career regular season relief appearance last night (allowed five runs in 3.0 ip).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, MIchael Kickham

MICHAEL KICKHAM… Has allowed five runs on eight hits in 2.0 innings, covering two appearances.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Brett Bochy

BRETT BOCHY… Became the ninth father/son-Manager/player combo in the Majors and the first to appear as a pitcher.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Chirs Dominguez

CHRIS DOMINGUEZ… Batted .274 (136-for-496) with 23 2Bs, 21 HRs and 85 RBI in 131 games for triple-A Fresno.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gary Brown

GARY BROWN… Was selected by the Giants in the first round (24th overall) in the 2010 draft.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Erik Cordier

ERIK CORDIER… Made his ML debut on Sept. 3, hitting 100mph on the radar gun consistently.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Chris Heston

CHRIS HESTON… Made his Major League debut last night tossing 1.0-scoreless inning with two Ks.

Quick Hits for August 30, 2014

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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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, George Kontos

GEORGE KONTOS… Made his first appearance last night since being recalled from triple-A Fresno on Monday…threw 2.0-scoreless innings of relief.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gregor Blanco

GREGOR BLANCO… Slugged his 4th homer of year and 2nd in last two games last night (off Estrada).

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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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco

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).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Joe Panik

JOE PANIK… His .391 average (34×87) in August ranks third among all ML hitters.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval

PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 18-for-his-last-45 (.400) with six 2Bs, three HRs and 23 RBI with RISP.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

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).

 

Quick Hits for August 17, 2014

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

HUNTER PENCE… Ranks second in NL in hits (143) and runs scored (82) and third in multi-hit games (41).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval

PABLO SANDOVAL… Is batting .333 (45-for-135) with four HRs and 19 RBI in his last 33 contests.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

BUSTER POSEY… His catchers ERA of 3.24 ranks second best in NL (SD’s Yasmani Grandal leads at 3.18).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Angel Pagan

ANGEL PAGAN… Has hit safely in nine of his last 10 MLB games, going 13-for-45 (.289) during this stretch.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Michael Morse

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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Matt Duffy

MATT DUFFY… Has started five games (three at 2B and two at SS).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Joe Panik

JOE PANIK… Went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and recorded his ! rst career triple yesterday.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gregor Blanco

GREGOR BLANCO… Went 2-for-2 with two RBI yesterday.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Jeremy Affeldt

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).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Sergio Romo

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.

Quick Hits for July 27, 2014

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INSIDE THE SERIES… SF has still gone 7-5 against Los Angeles this season despite being outscored by a 42-39 margin.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Andrew Susac

ANDREW SUSAC… Made his Major League debut last night and went 0-for-1…also caught 2.0 innings.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Pablo Sandoval

PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 18-for-49 (.367) in his last 12 games and 27-for-84 (.321) in his last 23 contests.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Brandon Crawford

BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied with Alex Rios and Yasiel Puig for the second-most triples in the Majors (Gordon, 10).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Dan Uggla

DAN UGGLA… Appeared in two games with Fresno, going 2-for-7 with a double and RBI.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

BUSTER POSEY… Has just one hit in his last 11 ABs, but is still hitting .324 (11×34) in his past nine games.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

HUNTER PENCE… Was named the Giants’ recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Roberto Kelly

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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Andrew Susac

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.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Gregor Blanco

GREGOR BLANCO… Has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with an at-bat, going 13-for-42 (.309).

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