ON THE SHORES OF McCOVEY COVE… After going 22-9 in their first 31 home games, the Giants have gone just 6-21 (.222) in their last 27 home contest
IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants enter today’s contest 7.0 games over .500 and in second-place in the NL West, a season-high 3.0 games behind the first-place Dodgers.
TRADE DEADLINE TOMORROW… MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline is tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PT.
DID YOU KNOW?… Since the Giants moved to AT&T Park, they have only seven six-plus game homestands with only one win…since moving to San Francisco in 1958, they have 10 six-plus game homestands with only one win (STATS, Inc.).
HUNTER PENCE… 2014 All-Star has appeared in 329-consecutive games and has started 279-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has committed just six errors (none over last 54 games) and is tied for the highest fielding percentage among NL third baseman (.978).
BUSTER POSEY… Went 3-for-4 last night, marking his first multi-hit game at home since June 26 vs. CIN.
MICHAEL MORSE… Recorded his rst HR at home since May 15 last night…also marked his first RBI at home since June 13.
DAN UGGLA… Signed a minor league contract with SF on July 21 after he was released by Atlanta on July 18.
ANDREW SUSAC… Made his first Major League start last night at catcher.
TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) is just 1-5 with a 4.40 ERA in his last seven outings…faced the Pirates earlier this season and took the loss, despite tossing a complete game…the Pirates won in the 9th inning after a review showed that Starling Marte was safe at home after he tripled and scored on an error… LHP Francisco Liriano (2-7, 4.18) earned the win in his last outing against the Dodgers last Wednesday, as he threw 7.0 innings and allowed one earned run…Liriano is 1-1 with 7.20 ERA (8er, 10.0ip) in two career starts against the Giants.
INSIDE THE RACE… With last night’s loss, the Giants are now 2.0 games behind the first place Dodgers in the National League West, which is their largest deficit of the season.
SIX-GAME HOMESTAND CONTINUES TONIGHT… The Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight for the second game of this three-game series and the final set of this six-game home stand.
BETTER RECORD WHEN THEY HOMER… The Giants are 41-16 this season when they hit at least one HR and 16-33 when they fail to go deep…their .719 winning pct. in games when they homer is the highest in the NL.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .320 against LH pitching (14th-highest in NL).
MICHAEL MORSE… Is tied for ninth in the NL with 26 doubles and tied for 13th in extra base hits (41).
JOE PANIK… Sprained his right ankle last Tuesday at Philadelphia and missed two games.
JUST SCORE FIRST… SF is 42-12 when they score the game’s first run and 15-37 when they don’t score first… their .778 winning pct. when scoring first is the highest in the NL.
IN THE BULLPEN… SF relievers have combined to post a 1.60 ERA (7er, 39.1ip) in 11 games since the All-Star break.
HUNTER PENCE… Was named the Giants’ recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award.
SERGIO ROMO… Is 22-for-27 in SV chances…his 22 saves are tied for the 10th-most in the NL.
GOING FOR WIN #13… Madison Bumgarner’s 12 wins on the season are currently tied for the second most of any pitcher in the Majors (Adam Wainwright, 13), and with another win tonight, he will record 13+ wins for the fourth straight season (Pitching coach, Dave Righetti pictured).
SIX-GAME HOMESTAND CONTINUES TONIGHT… The Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight for the first of this three-game series and the final set of this six-game homestand…San Francisco has lost their last four games, their longest losing streak since also dropping four in a row June 26-29…the Pirates have won six of their last nine games.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .320 against LH pitching (13th-highest in NL), but .201 against RH hurlers.
INSIDE THE RACE… With last night’s loss, the Giants are now 1.5 games behind the first place Dodgers in the National League West, which is their largest deficit out of first place since July 4 (also: 1.5 games behind LA)…SF has not been more than 1.5 games out of first place this season.
GREGOR BLANCO… Is batting .304 (14-for-46) in his last 14 games.
PENCE AGAINST THE PIRATES… OF Hunter Pence is hitting .311 (104-for-334) with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in 86 career games against Pittsburgh…he’s reached base safely via hit or walk in 15 of his last 16 games and 25 of his last 27 contests.
DOUBLE THE FUN… The Giants have turned 108 double plays over their first 106 games this season, which is the second-most in the Majors, behind the Baltimore Orioles (109).
MICHAEL MORSE… Is tied for ninth in the NL with 26 doubles and tied for 12th in extra base hits (41).
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
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