Here are some Giants Gems for Bill Terry’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Bill!
Hit .341 during 14-year playing career with Giants…his .401 batting average in 1930 is highest in franchise history and marks last time NL player hit over .400…set Giants single-season records for hits (254) and runs scored (139) in 1930…became player/manager in ’32 and posted 823-661 mark in 10 years as skipper…guided club to 3 pennants and 1 World Series…
Here are some Giants Gems for Juan Marichal’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Juan!
9-time All-Star won 238 games in San Francisco, most by any pitcher since franchise moved west in 1958…won 20 or more games 6 times in 14 years with Giants…is SF leader in complete games (244), shutouts (52), innings (3,444) and strikeouts (2,281)…was named right-hander on Giants 60’s and 70’s All-Decade Teams and San Francisco’s All-Time Team…
TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the San Diego Padres in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (12-9, 3.65) will face Padres’ right-hander Casey Kelly (2-1, 5.85).
Today’s Starting Lineup
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was selected winner of the 2012 Willie Mac Award, the club announced today. The award was established in 1980, in honor of former legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Posey will receive a plaque prior to tonight’s game. Engraved on the plaque are the words “Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership” to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Posey exemplify.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than home games left in the regular season.
INCHING CLOSER…The Giants enter tonight’s contest with a season-high 10.0 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West with just 12 games remaining.
LOTS OF RUNS…The Giants have scored 97 runs in 18 games this month, the 3rd-most runs scored this month in the big leagues behind Milwaukee and Baltimore.
G’S WINNING WAYS…The Giants have won 4-straight games, 8 of their last 9 and 16 of their last 22…since the All-Star break, the Giants have gone 41-23 (.641) for the 3rd-best winning pct. in the Majors behind the Reds (.677, 44-21) and A’s (.667, 42-21).
KEEP IT GOING…With one more win the Giants can match their longest winning streak of the season (5 games, accomplished twice from July 13-18 and Aug. 20-24)…they can also match their longest home win streak of the year, which is 6 games from July 1-24.
VS. THE WEST…The Giants have posted a 38-22 (.633) record against NL West opponents this season, the 2nd-best mark among NL teams behind Cincinnati (.677, 21-10)…SF has won 8 of their last 9 series against NL West foes.
Here are some Giants Gems for Orlando Cepeda’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Orlando!
Was 6-time All-Star during 8-plus years with Giants…earned NL Rookie of Year honors in 1958…holds SF season mark with 142 RBI in 1961…ranks among SF leaders in home runs (5th – 226), RBI (4th – 767), games (9th – 1,114), at-bats (7th – 4,178), runs (7th – 652), hits (4th – 1,286) and doubles (8th – 226)…named to SF’s All-Time team and Giants 1960’s All-Decade Team…
TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (11-8, 4.33) will face D-Backs’ left-hander Wade Miley (15-9, 3.07).
Today’s Starting Lineup
THE GIANTS… Are a season-high 20 games over .500 for the 1st time since the end of the 2010 season (92-70)…SF’s high water mark in 2010 was 23.
Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than mules in the Grand Canyon.
BASES LOADED RESURGENCE…OF Hunter Pence hit a 3rd inning grand slam home run last night… the Giants entered Sept. with a .198 team batting avg. with the bases loaded, but they are batting .417 (5-for-12) with the bags full so far this month (Elias).
HUNTER’S RBI…Since joining SF on July 31, OF Hunter Pence has driven in 34 runs for San Francisco, the most on the team and the 7th-most in the Majors since the trade deadline…the other players to drive in more are Chase Headley, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano, Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Howard.
BUSTER POSEY… Is batting .383 with 19 2Bs, 11 HRs and 47 RBI in 54 games since the All-Star break… His .383 avg. and .460 OBP lead the Majors since the break, while his .642 slugging pct. ranks 3rd and 47 RBI are the 6th-most.
SANTIAGO CASILLA… Recorded his 1st career Major League hit and RBI last night… Currently has a 13.2-inning scoreless streak, the 3rd-longest active streak in the NL.
A special congratulations to Derek Jeter for passing Willie Mays on the all-time hits list last night.