TONIGHT’S GAME… The San Francisco Giants begin a six-game road trip tonight with the first of a three-game series against the Phillies followed by a three-game set against the Rays in Tampa Bay this weekend… LHP Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92) is slated to face LHP John Lannan (2-4, 4.13) in the opening game of this series tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
WELCOME TO THE BIGS…OF Roger Kieschnick will be seeking to make his Major League debut… the 26-year-old from Rockwall, Texas has put together one of the best seasons of his professional career this year, hitting .273 (102-for-374) with 27 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 101 games for the Grizzlies.
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POWER OUTAGE…Giants batters have gone eight-consecutive games without hitting a home run since Buster Posey homered off Arizona’s Josh Collmenter in the 5th inning on July 20…since then it’s been 75.0 innings since a Giants batter last homered.
VOGELSONG ON REHAB…RHP Ryan Vogelsong has made a pair of rehab starts with rookie level Arizona and Class A Advanced San Jose… he’s tossed 4.2 innings, allowing two runs… he will make his third start tonight for double-A Richmond.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is 6-for-26 (.231) in his past nine games, but is hitting .354 (17-for-48) in his past 14 contests.
MARCO SCUTARO… His .347 avg. (35-for-101) vs. le# -handed pitching ranks as the sixth-highest in the National League.
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS…(Pictured: Brian Sabean and our beat writers) Prior to tonight’s game the Giants have recalled OF Roger Kieschnick (#22) and IF Brett Pill (#6) from triple-A Fresno…IF Tony Abreu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his le! knee and IF Kensuke Tanaka has been optioned to triple-A.
PROBABLES AND BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR TODAY AND REMAINDER OF THIS SERIES AT PHILADELPHIA (ALL GAME TIMES PDT):
- Tuesday, July 30 at Philadelphia (4:05): LHP John Lannan (2-4, 4.13) vs. LHP Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92) – CSN-BA
- Wednesday, July 31 at Philadelphia (4:05): RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 3.96) vs. RHP Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) – CSN-BA
- Thursday, August 1 at Philadelphia (4:05): LHP Cole Hamels (4-13, 4.09) vs. RHP Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) – CSN-BA
note: all games broadcast on KNBR radio (English)/81 home games and two road contests broadcast on KTRB 860 ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
Same bat-time (7:10), same bat-channel (CSN-BA)… but different starting pitchers (Michael Kickham vs. Stephen Fife).
Alex Pavlovic, Henry Schulman & Chris Haft talking to George Kontos
Andres Torres, Buster Posey & BamBam Meulens
Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford & Marco Scutaro
Madison Bumgarner is now 3-0 and Marco Scutaro is hitting .526 in his last five games – it was a good game, and a good win. SF 3 – CHC 2
There was this little blue box at the batting cage…
… and it had a ring for Nate Schierholtz in it!
Beat Writers: Henry Schulman, Alex Pavlovic, Chris Haft & Andy Baggarly
The best seat in the house
Bruce Bochy, Dave Groeschner & Brandon Crawford check out Pablo Sandoval’s leg
Brandon Crawford & Angel Pagan