IN THE STANDINGS… The Giants enter tonight’s contest just 2.0 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, the club’s smallest deficit since Aug. 6…SF hasn’t been 1.0 game back since Aug. 4…the Giants are 3.0 games ahead of the Braves and Brewers for the top NL Wild Card spot.
ANGEL PAGAN… Was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup after his back had tightened.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has matched his home run total from all of last season and his 14 HRs this year are his most in a campaign since 2011 (23 HRs).
JAKE PEAVY… Earned the win in his previous outing last Saturday vs. Milwaukee, tossing 7.2-scoreless innings with eight strikeouts…his only hit allowed in the game came with one out in the 8th, allowing a single to Mark Reynolds… it marked the deepest he’d gone into a game in his career without surrendering a hit (previous: 6.1 innings on Aug. 2, 2014 at New York-NL)… he registered his 2,000th career strikeout, fanning Aramis Ramirez in the 2nd inning, becoming the FIfth active player with 2,000 or more career strikeouts.
MATT DUFFY… Is 3-for-15 (.200) in his last nine games.
JOE PANIK… Has been the Majors’ second hottest hitter over the last month (beg. Aug. 4), batting .404 (42×104) in his last 27 games.
POSEY AT THE PLATE… C Buster Posey has gone 28-for-57 (.491) with 16 runs scored, six home runs and 20 RBI over his past 13 contests…13 of his 28 hits have gone for extra bases (6 doubles, triple).
HUNTER PENCE’S HIT STREAK REACHES 16… OF Hunter Pence has hit safely in a season-high 16 consecutive games, the longest by a Giants player this year and the longest active streak in the Majors…Pence has hit .385 (25-for-65) with 17 runs, three 2Bs, 3B, three HRs and 15 RBI during the streak.
BUSTER POSEY… Is now vying for the NL batting title for the second time in the last three seasons (2012).
JAKE PEAVY… Has gone 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA in his seven starts with SF…has thrown at least 7.0 innings in four straight outings for the ” rst time since June 30-July 20, 2012.