TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Washington Nationals in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (10-5, 2.27) will face Nationals’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez (14-6, 3.32).
Today’s Starting Lineup
THE HUNTED…OF Hunter Pence’s 8th inning, 3-run homer yesterday marked his 3rd go-ahead HR that he’s hit in the 8th inning or later of a game this season…only BAL’s Adam Jones (4), KC’s Billy Butler (3), DET’s Miguel Cabrera (3) and MIN’s Josh Willingham (3) have recorded 3-or-more go-ahead HRs so late in a game this season.
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BUSTER POSEY… Reached base in 4/5 of his plate appearances yesterday, going 1-for-1 with 3 walks.
ANGEL PAGAN… has had 3-separate hit streaks of 11-or-more games this season (11 games, 15, 20).
LOTS OF RUNS…The Giants 9 runs in each of their last 2 games marked the 1st time they have posted at least 9 runs in back-to-back games at AT&T Park since Aug. 23-25, 2010 vs. Cincinnati, when they did so in 3-straight contests.
BRANDON BELT… Matched his career high with 4 hits yesterday…also reached base in all 5 plate appearances.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?… Ryan Vogelsong leads the National League and ranks 2nd in the Majors with a 2.27 ERA (36er, 143.0ip) in 21 starts this season…only Los Angeles’ (AL) Jered Weaver (2.22) has a lower mark…the last Giants pitcher to lead the NL in ERA at the conclusion of a season was Jason Schmidt in 2003 (2.34).
Here are some Giants Gems for Melky Cabrera’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Melky!
- Honored with Munson Award for his excellence and philanthropic work in community at 28th Annual Thurman Munson Dinner on Feb. 5, 2008.
- Took part in Yankees’ hurricane relief donation of $35,000 in cash and food to Dominican Republic in October of 2007.
- In 2011, became just 6th Royals player (7th time) to reach 200+ hits in season and 1st since 2000.
- Has appeared in postseason in 4 of his last 6 seasons.
- Was originally signed by New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2001 and spent 5 seasons in Yankees uni- form from 2005-09 before being traded to Atlanta in 2009.
TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Colorado Rockies in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (6-11, 5.43) will face Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood (1-2, 6.61).
Today’s Starting Lineup
BUSTER SINCE THE BREAK…Since the All-Star break, C Buster Posey has hit safely in 22 of 24 games, batting .446 (41-for-92) with 13 runs scored, 7 2Bs, 8 HRs, 30 RBI and 13 walks…since the break, he leads the Majors in batting average (.446), RBI (30), on- base pct. (.509) and slugging pct. (.783), while ranking tied for 5th in home runs (8).
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MARCO SCUTRO… Has hit safely in 11 of his 13 games in a Giants uniform, going 18-for-52 (.346) with 4 2Bs, 1 HR and 14 RBI… Has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 54 of his last 63 games.
HUNTER PENCE… Batted .271 with 17 HRs and 59 RBI in 101 games for Philadelphia this season… His 23 go-ahead RBI are tied for the 2nd-most in the NL… Is hitting just .241 with RISP and is just 6-for-his-last-25.
MELKY CABRERA… 7 of his 12 hits this month have gone for extra-bases (4 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 1 HR)… Is 10 hits shy of reaching the 1,000 hit plateau for his career.
BRANDON BELT…Is 15-for-44 (.341) with 3 2Bs, 1 3B and 2 RBI in his past 13 games… Is hitting RHP at a .400 clip (14-for-35) over his last 12 games.