BUSTER POSEY… Leads the Majors with a .353 batting average (89-for-252) on the road.
ON THE MOUND… RHP Yusemiro Petit (5-4, 3.64 ERA) will make his 11th start/38th appearance of the year tonight in San Diego…has gone 3-3 with a 5.18 ERA (33er, 57.1ip) in his first 10 starts, with the Giants going 6-4 in those outings…suffered the loss in his previous outing, 4-2 SF defeat last Sunday vs. the Dodgers (7.0ip,8h,4r,3er,0bb,8so,1hr)…has lifetime 1-4 mark vs. the Padres with a 4.76 ERA in 11 outings/four starts…RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 2.20) will start for the Pads, having posted a career 1-3 record with a 3.97 ERA vs. the Giants over nine previous outings/three starts.
YUSMEIRO PETIT… His first six starts this season came in place of either Matt Cain (five times) or RHP Tim Hudson (once), both of whom have dealt with injuries.
BRETT BOCHY… The son of Manager Bruce Bochy, Brett was selected by the Giants in the 20th round of the 2010 draft.
HUNTER PENCE… Is tied for second in MLB w/ 153 games played…has played all but 10.0 defensive innings.
PABLO SANDOVAL… Has committed just 10 errors on the year and his .973 fielding pct. is the fourth-highest among NL third baseman….had career-best 73-game errorless streak May 25-Aug. 22.
TOMORROW’s STARTER… Ryan Vogelsong owns a career mark of 4-4 with a 5.63 ERA (17er, 54.1ip) in 16 career appearances (eight starts) against the Padres…has not faced San Diego this season.
IN THE STANDINGS… San Francisco enters play today 3.5 games back of LA for first place in the NL West with three head-to-head contests remaining (Monday-Wednesday at Dodger Stadium)…the Giants currently own the top overall NL Wild Card spot, +1.0 game ahead of the Pirates…SF’s magic number to clinch a Postseason berth stands at four games.
IN CONTROL… Yusemiro Petit has faced 62-consecutive batters without going to a three-ball count, which dates back to an intentional walk to Corey Dickerson on Sept. 2. at COL…in fact, he is just the second pitcher to face 62+ consecutive batters without going to a three-ball count this season, joining Chad Qualls who went 71-straight batters from April 29-June 28…Petit is the first starting pitcher to do so since Cliff Lee went 66-straight batters from Sept. 16-27, 2013 (STATS, LLC).
FINAL COUNTDOWN… The Giants have 9 games remaining on their regular season schedule, with five on the road and four at home…all of the Giants’ 9 remaining games will come against the NL West (Padres and Dodgers), a division in which SF has gone 36-31 (.537) against.