Results tagged ‘ Brandon Belt ’

Quick Hits for July 24, 2014

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Caught all 14.0inn Tuesday, catching 248 pitches and did not allow a wild pitch or passed ball.

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JUAN GUTIERREZ… Has held the opposition to a .146 clip (6-for-41) with runners in scoring position.

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GIANTS LOOKING FOR SWEEP… The Giants have won five-straight and 10 of their last 14 games against the Phillies…SF will be seeking a four game sweep of Philadelphia for the first time since Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 1999 at Candlestick Park…the last time the Giants swept the Phillies in four games here in Philadelphia was July 31-Aug. 3, 1998.

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SWEEP PART II… The Giants haven’t swept a team in a four game series since brooming Colorado in a four- game set at AT&T Park, Sept. 17-20, 2012…the last time they did it on the road was also against Colorado, Sept. 15-18, 2011.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 16-for-39 (.410) in his last nine games and 25-for-74 (.338) in his last 20 contests.

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TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (8-6, 2.78) is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 27-June 1…he’s gone 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA in his past six starts, but is coming off a 5-3 win at Miami in his last outing on Saturday, during which he allowed one run in 7.1 innings… in his last two starts here at Citizens Bank Park, he’s 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA (1er, 14.1ip)…LHP Cole Hamels (4-5, 2.83) has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last 10 starts…he’s 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 starts (including the postseason) against the Giants.

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PENCE AT THE PLATE… OF Hunter Pence broke a scoreless tie with a 9th inning hit to help the Giants beat the Phillies 3-1 last night..the last time a Giants player got a hit to break a scoreless tie in the 9th inning or later in Philadelphia was 25 years ago-May 15, 1989, when Will Clark hit a go-ahead home run against Steve Bedrosian in the 12th inning…however, the Giants lost that game on a three-run inside-the-park home run by Bob Dernier in the bottom half of that inning (ESPN Stats & Info).

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ON DECK… Following today’s game the Giants return home for a six-game homestand against the Dodgers (this weekend) and Pirates (Monday-Wednesday)…the Giants are 28-25 (.528) at home, however have won just six of their last 22 home contests.

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BEST WHEN SUN IS OUT… The Giants have the second-highest winning percentage of any National League team in day games at 24-15 (.615), and the fourth-highest in the Majors behind the A’s (25-13, .658), Yankees (20-12, .625) and Mets (21-13, .618).

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BRANDON BELT… Is eligible to be reinstated from the 7-day Concussion DL on July 27.

Quick Hits for July 21, 2014

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Has made 18 starts this season (13 at 2nd base and five at shortstop).

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BUSTER POSEY… Is 14-for-his-last-34 (.412) against left-handed pitchers.

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TOUGH ROAD AHEAD… 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 36 more games on the road and only 28 at home…27 of their final 64 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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HUNTER PENCE… Has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, batting .307 (27-for-88).

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IN THE BULLPEN… San Francisco’s relief corps has fashioned a 2.83 ERA, the third-lowest figure in the NL behind the Padres (2.53) and Nationals (2.67)…Giants relievers have combined to allow just two runs on 14 hits in 20.2 innings (0.87 ERA) over their last nine games.

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POWER RANKINGS… At 54-44 (.551), the Giants are tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the NL behind the Nationals (53-43, .552)…SF’s record is tied for fifth-best overall in the Majors behind Oakland (61-37, .622), Los Angeles-AL (59-38, .608), Detroit (54-41, .568) and Washington.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied with Alex Rios for the second-most triples in the Majors (Dee Gordon, 9).

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NEW STARTER FOR TOMORROW… Please note that RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.86) will now start tomorrow’s game in place of RHP Matt Cain.

 

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TONIGHT’S TRANSACTIONS… Prior to tonight’s game the Giants have placed IF Brandon Belt on the 7-day disabled list (retro to July 20) with a concussion and have recalled IF Adam Duvall (#37) from triple-A Fresno…also, RHP Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation (retro to July 11)…RHP George Kontos (#70) has been recalled from triple-A.

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RYAN VOGELSOG… Became the first Giants’ starting pitcher to receive no runs of support in four-straight outings during a single season since Lynn McGlothen from April 16, 1977 to May 1, 1977 (STATS LLC).

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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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.

Quick Hits for July 12, 2014

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BUSTER POSEY… Is hitting .417 (15×36) with two HRs and seven RBI in 10 games vs. the DBacks this year.

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PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-6, 3.92) has taken the loss in his last three starts, despite posting a 2.95 ERA (6er, 18.1ip) in those outings… he has received no runs of support from the Giants offense in his last three contests… LHP Wade Miley (4-6, 4.43) is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (15er, 38.1ip) in his last six starts… he is averaging 8.55 strikeouts per 9.0 innings this season, the highest figure of his career.

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JEREMY AFFELDT… Has held opponents scoreless in 33 of his 37 appearances this season.

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ANGEL PAGAN… Was put on the 15 day DL retroactive to June 15 because of back inflammation.

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GETTING HOT… Giants starting pitchers have now held the opposition to two runs or fewer in 11 of their last 16 outings… since June 25, SF starters have posted a 2.99 ERA (35er, 105.1ip), which stands as the fifth-lowest mark in the Majors.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Went 3-for-4 last night with a two-run homer and three RBI.

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BRANDON BELT… Missed 50 games with a broken left thumb from May 10-July 4.

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JOE PANIK… Is hitting .265 (9×34) over his last 10 games.

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FULL THROTTLE… OF Hunter Pence is only the fourth player in Giants history to record at least 110 hits and 60 runs prior to the All-Star break (STATS, LLC)… he currently is tied for second in the Majors with 66 runs scored and is tied for first in the NL with 113 hits.

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances (10.2ip) and has allowed just two base runners during this span (one hit and one walk).

Quick Hits for July 11, 2014

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LET’S SCORE MORE THAN SEVEN… The Giants have scored seven or fewer runs in their past 35 games, the longest active streak in the big leagues and the longest streak by the Giants since 2008 (52-game streak) (STATS, LLC).

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BRANDON HICKS… Started yesterday for the first time since July 1…has started just three of SF’s last 20 games.

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HUNTER PENCE… Among NL leaders in multi-hit games (1st- 34), runs scored (3rd – 65) and hits (T1st – 112).

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MAGIC NUMBER IS FIVE… San Francisco is 31-4 when scoring five or more runs this season (19-38 when scoring fewer than five runs).

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BUSTER POSEY… His 12 catcher caught stealings are the fifth-most among NL catchers.

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MICHAEL MORSE… The Giants are 23-5 this season when he drives in at least one run.

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MICHAEL MORSE… Has hit safely in his last seven games, hitting .296 during this stretch (8×27).

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BUSTERS POSEY… Has 13 extra-base hits since June 1 after having just 10 in April/May.

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BRANDON BELT… Missed 50 games with a broken left thumb from May 10-July 4.

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JUST SCORE FIRST… SF is 37-11 when they score the game’s first run and 13-31 when they don’t score first.

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