Quick Hits for July 19, 2014

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TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (7-6, 2.87) has gone 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in his last five starts…he looks to bounce back here in Miami, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 career outings, including a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in three starts here at Marlins Park…Hudson has won each of his last five starts against the Marlins…RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-4, 2.73) has fashioned the second-lowest home ERA in the Majors with a 1.56 figure and has gone 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA (4er, 45.1ip) in his last six home starts…he’s 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA (9er, 13.0ip) in two career starts against San Francisco.

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A FIRST FOR PABLO AND BUSTER… IF Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a HR and three RBI last night, while C BusterPosey recorded three hits and two RBI…it was the first time in their six seasons as teammates that Sandoval and Posey each had multiple hits and at least two RBI in a Giants win (Elias).

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Is 5-for-22 (.227) as a pinch-hitter.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Lincecum is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins…received the loss against them earlier this season on May 17 despite allowing three runs in 6.0 innings of a 5-0 loss.

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Had his career-high seven game hit streak snapped last night after going 0-for-1.

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JEAN MACHI… Has thrown 3.2-scoreless innings over his last four appearances.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Homered last night for the first time since June 5 and matched his season-high with three RBI.

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HUNTER PENCE… 014 All-Star has appeared in 318-consecutive games and has started 268-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.

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GIANTS ONE OF TOP TEAMS IN NL… San Francisco enters tonight’s game tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the National League at 53-43 (.552)…only the Brewers have a better mark at 54-43 (.557).

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GOING FOR A WIN STREAK LONGER THAN TWO… The Giants look to win three in a row tonight for the first time in more than a month, as their last win streak of three-or-more games came June 4-8, a five-game winning streak against the Reds and Mets.

The Sky’s The Limit

The Sky's The Limit, 2003, jose cruz jr, giants magazine

Quick Hits for July 18, 2014

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GIANTS AGAINST MIAMI… OF Michael Morse is a career .321 hitter (50-for-156) against the Marlins and has hit safely in his last eight games against them, batting .419 (13-for-31)…IF Pablo Sandoval owns a career mark of .330 (33-for-100) versus the Fish, including a .464 mark (13-for-28) since last season…no active player has a higher career batting avg. against the Marlins than OF Gregor Blanco (min. 125 plate appearances), who owns a .375 clip (42-for-112).

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TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-7, 3.47) is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in four career starts against Miami, but has posted a 1.98 ERA on the road this season, which ranks as the second-lowest figure in the NL behind St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (1.42)…RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.61) has posted a 12.27 ERA in four career starts against the Giants…he allowed six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings in his last start against them on May 15.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 6-for-12 in his last three games and 15-for-47 (.319) in his last 14 contests.

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JOE PANIK… Is 11-for-51 (.216) in 17 games in his young big league career.

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BUSTER POSEY… Hit his third career grand slam (including postseason) last Sunday vs. Arizona.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is hitting .322 (28×87) against lefties this season…hit just .199 against them last year.

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TOUGH SCHEDULE FOR GIANTS IN SECOND HALF… The Giants have a lot of traveling to do in the second half, with four separate trips into the Eastern time zone between now and Sept. 7…most of their games in the second half will come on the road as they play 39 games on the road and only 28 at home…27 of their ! nal 67 games will be against teams with records of .500 or better…the Giants also face only NL West teams in the final three weeks of the season.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… RHP Tim Hudson, the four-time All-Star is scheduled to make his 19th start of the season… 39-year-old has gone 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA and one complete game in 18 starts…

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MARCO SCUTARO… Returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 60-day DL July 11.

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Girl Scout and Boy Scout Days

Quick Hits for July 13, 2014

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MARCO SCUTARO… Made his 2014 ML debut yesterday vs. ARI, going hitless in three at-bats with walk.

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HUNTER PENCE… as named to his third career All-Star team on Sunday, his first as a member of the Giants.

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BRANDON BELT… Was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks yesterday, however is still just 5×30 (.167) with a HR and four RBI in nine games since being activated from the DL.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Is batting .202 in the leadoff slot, but has combined for a .264 avg. (24×91) in slots 2-9.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 7-for-20 (.350) in his past five games.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Has made 23 starts this season, four at 1B, eight at 2B, seven at 3B and four at SS.

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JEREMY AFFELDT… Has held opponents scoreless in 34 of his 38 appearances this season.

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JEAN MACHI… Has been charged with six runs on 12 hits in just 7.0 innings over his last eight games.

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SERGIO ROMO… Threw a season-high 1.1 innings and allowed one hit with three strikeouts yesterday.

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MARCO SCUTARO… Missed the Giants’ first 93 games of the season with a lower back strain.

Dave Dravecky Day

Today we were fortunate to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dave Dravecky’s Comeback on August 10th, 1989.  Click here to learn more about his story.

 

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