Results tagged ‘ Tim Lincecum ’

Quick Hits for July 24, 2014

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Caught all 14.0inn Tuesday, catching 248 pitches and did not allow a wild pitch or passed ball.

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JUAN GUTIERREZ… Has held the opposition to a .146 clip (6-for-41) with runners in scoring position.

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GIANTS LOOKING FOR SWEEP… The Giants have won five-straight and 10 of their last 14 games against the Phillies…SF will be seeking a four game sweep of Philadelphia for the first time since Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 1999 at Candlestick Park…the last time the Giants swept the Phillies in four games here in Philadelphia was July 31-Aug. 3, 1998.

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SWEEP PART II… The Giants haven’t swept a team in a four game series since brooming Colorado in a four- game set at AT&T Park, Sept. 17-20, 2012…the last time they did it on the road was also against Colorado, Sept. 15-18, 2011.

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Is 16-for-39 (.410) in his last nine games and 25-for-74 (.338) in his last 20 contests.

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TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (8-6, 2.78) is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 27-June 1…he’s gone 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA in his past six starts, but is coming off a 5-3 win at Miami in his last outing on Saturday, during which he allowed one run in 7.1 innings… in his last two starts here at Citizens Bank Park, he’s 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA (1er, 14.1ip)…LHP Cole Hamels (4-5, 2.83) has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last 10 starts…he’s 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 starts (including the postseason) against the Giants.

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PENCE AT THE PLATE… OF Hunter Pence broke a scoreless tie with a 9th inning hit to help the Giants beat the Phillies 3-1 last night..the last time a Giants player got a hit to break a scoreless tie in the 9th inning or later in Philadelphia was 25 years ago-May 15, 1989, when Will Clark hit a go-ahead home run against Steve Bedrosian in the 12th inning…however, the Giants lost that game on a three-run inside-the-park home run by Bob Dernier in the bottom half of that inning (ESPN Stats & Info).

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ON DECK… Following today’s game the Giants return home for a six-game homestand against the Dodgers (this weekend) and Pirates (Monday-Wednesday)…the Giants are 28-25 (.528) at home, however have won just six of their last 22 home contests.

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BEST WHEN SUN IS OUT… The Giants have the second-highest winning percentage of any National League team in day games at 24-15 (.615), and the fourth-highest in the Majors behind the A’s (25-13, .658), Yankees (20-12, .625) and Mets (21-13, .618).

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BRANDON BELT… Is eligible to be reinstated from the 7-day Concussion DL on July 27.

Quick Hits for July 20, 2014

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SANTIAGO CASILLA… Has earned each of the Giants’ last four saves.

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TIM LINCECUM… Is the Giants franchise record holder for number of games pitched with 10+ strikeouts (36) and is the third Giant ever to have four-straight seasons with at least 200 strikeouts (2008-11).

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GIANTS ON THE ROAD… The Giants’ record of 26-18 (.591) on the road ranks as the second-best mark in the NL behind the Brewers (29-20, .592), and the fourth-best overall in the big leagues.

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BETTER RECORD WHEN THEY HOMER… The Giants are 39-15 this season when they hit at least one HR and 15-28 when they fail to go deep…their .722 winning pct. in games when they homer is the highest in the NL.

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .333 (8×24).

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Owns a career avg. of .349 (38×109) vs. MIA, including a .486 mark (18×37) since last season.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has a hit in each of his last six games, going 7-for-19 (.368).

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BUSTER POSEY… His .331 batting avg. on the road ranks as the third-best in the NL behind MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.355) and Carlos Gomez (.332).

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SERGIO ROMO… Is 22-for-27 in SV chances…his 22 saves are still tied for the seventh-most in the NL.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Ryan Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (6er, 18.0ip) in five career appearances against the Phillies…has made just two career starts, with his last one coming on Sept. 29, 2004 with the Pirates…threw 5.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits.

Quick Hits for July 19, 2014

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TONIGHT’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Hudson (7-6, 2.87) has gone 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in his last five starts…he looks to bounce back here in Miami, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 career outings, including a 3-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in three starts here at Marlins Park…Hudson has won each of his last five starts against the Marlins…RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-4, 2.73) has fashioned the second-lowest home ERA in the Majors with a 1.56 figure and has gone 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA (4er, 45.1ip) in his last six home starts…he’s 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA (9er, 13.0ip) in two career starts against San Francisco.

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A FIRST FOR PABLO AND BUSTER… IF Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 with a HR and three RBI last night, while C BusterPosey recorded three hits and two RBI…it was the first time in their six seasons as teammates that Sandoval and Posey each had multiple hits and at least two RBI in a Giants win (Elias).

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Is 5-for-22 (.227) as a pinch-hitter.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER… Tim Lincecum is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins…received the loss against them earlier this season on May 17 despite allowing three runs in 6.0 innings of a 5-0 loss.

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EHIRE ADRIANZA… Had his career-high seven game hit streak snapped last night after going 0-for-1.

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JEAN MACHI… Has thrown 3.2-scoreless innings over his last four appearances.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Homered last night for the first time since June 5 and matched his season-high with three RBI.

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HUNTER PENCE… 014 All-Star has appeared in 318-consecutive games and has started 268-consecutive contests, both the longest active streak in the Majors.

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GIANTS ONE OF TOP TEAMS IN NL… San Francisco enters tonight’s game tied with the Braves for the second-best record in the National League at 53-43 (.552)…only the Brewers have a better mark at 54-43 (.557).

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GOING FOR A WIN STREAK LONGER THAN TWO… The Giants look to win three in a row tonight for the first time in more than a month, as their last win streak of three-or-more games came June 4-8, a five-game winning streak against the Reds and Mets.

Quick Hits for July 6, 2014

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THE GIANTS… Recorded their first come-from-behind victory since June 8 vs . New York-NL . . .however, SF’s 6-18 ( .250) record since June 9 is still the worst in the Majors and they’ve lost 10 .0 games in the standings to the Dodgers, who are now a 0 .5 game ahead of the Giants in the NL West.

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TOMORROW’S STARTER, Ryan Vogelsong has gone 5-5 with a 3 .86 ERA (49er, 114 .1ip) 27 career Interleague games (16 starts).

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RARE FEAT… According to Elias, yesterday marked just the just the third time since the team moved to SF that the Giants have won a game when hitting a game-tying homer in the 9th and a game- winner in the 10th . . .Jim Ray Hart and Willie McCovey did it at Candlestick Park against New York-NL on Sept . 17, 1966 . . .Mike Aldrete and Candy Maldonado also accomplished the feat at Atlanta on July 1, 1986 .

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PABLO SANDOVAL… Left yesterday’s game in the 1st inning with a left elbow contusion and is day-to-day.

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has started 24 of the last 26 games after getting only 11 starts in previous 62 contests.

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ALL ABOUT HOMERS… SF enters today ranking third in the NL with 81 HRs…the Giants are 35-14 (.714) when they hit at least one HR and 13-25 (.342) when they don’t go yard.

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BUSTER POSEY… Has hit safely in 26 of his last 30 games, hitting .333 (38×114) over span.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has started 80/88 games at short.

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TODAY’S GAME… RHP Tim Lincecum (7-5, 4 .06) enters today’s game having tossed 17 .0-consecutive scoreless innings, his longest scoreless stretch since posting 21 .0-straight scoreless frames from May 4-10, 2011 . . .Lincecum will be opposed by RHP Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1 .95), who will be making his sixth career Major League start .

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FULL THROTTLE… OF Hunter Pence has hit safely in 10-straight games and 19 of his last 21 contests . . .he joins TEX’s Elvis Andrus and NYM’s David Wright as the only players with three separate double digit hit streaks this season .

 

Quick Hits for July 1, 2014

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10 GAME HOMESTAND CONTINUES… San Francisco’s 10-game homestand continues tonight with the start of a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals… the Giants are 1-6 (1-2 vs. SD and 0-4 vs. CIN) so far on this homestand and have dropped 12 of their last 14 home contests… the Cardinals continue their 10-game road trip, having posted a 3-4 record so far (2-1 at COL and 1-3 at LAD)… SF currently leads the season series against St. Louis 3-1.

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SELLOUT STREAKING… The Giants have sold out their last 291 regular season home games, which extends the longest consecutive regular season home sellout streak in the National League…SF’s streak is currently the longest active one in the Majors.

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TODAY’S PITCHING MATCHUP… RHP Tim Lincecum (6-5, 4.42) is making his first start since throwing his second career no-hitter against the Padres last Wednesday… Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA (15er, 46.2ip) in seven career starts against the Cardinals, but has not faced them since June 1, 2011… LHP Marco Gonzales (0-0, 9.00) will be making his second career start tonight… made his Major League debut last Wednesday at Colorado and allowed five runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings.

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FOLLOWING THE NO-NO… In the start following his no-hitter last season, Tim Lincecum surrendered a career-high eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings of work vs. Cincinnati.

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TOUGH DRAW… Tonight St. Louis will face Tim Lincecum, who threw a no-hitter in his last start, after facing two other pitchers who threw no-nos this season on Thursday (Josh Beckett) and Sunday (Clayton Kershaw)…the last time a team faced three different starting pitchers in a five-game span who had previously pitched a no-hitter in that season was in 1960, the Pirates faced Don Cardwell, Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn from Sept. 22-25, 1960 (STATS, LLC).

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BUSTER POSEY… Hit safely in 22 of 25 games during June, hitting .362 (34×94) over span.

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HUNTER PENCE… Is batting .319 (22×69) with three homers and seven RBI in his past 16 games.

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MICHAEL MORSE… Has started 76 games (44 in LF, 31 at 1st base, one at DH, one error total).

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Is tied for second in the Majors with eight triples (had eight in career prior to this season).

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BUSTER POSEY… Has made 69 starts (56 at catcher, 12 at 1st and one at DH).

Quick Hits for June 26, 2014

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TWO NO-NO’S – SAME CALENDAR YEAR… According to Elias, Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax as the only players in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to throw two no-hitters within the span of a calendar year.

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ELITE COMPANY… Lincecum is now one of four pitchers all-time with multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple no-hitters, joining Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax… Lincecum and Koufax are the only two with multiple no-hitters, multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple World Series rings.

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TWICE AS FUN… Lincecum became the 32nd pitcher with multiple no-hitters and became the fourth active pitcher to achieve the feat, joining Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle and Justin Verlander.

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THREE STRAIGHT SEASONS WITH A NO-HITTER… Giants pitchers (Cain in 2012, Lincecum in 2013, Lincecum in 2014) have recorded a no-hitter in each of the last three seasons… the last time a team had a no-hitter in three-straight seasons was when Nolan Ryan of the California Angels had two in 1973 and one each in 1974 and 1975 (Elias).

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DID YOU KNOW?… Yesterday was the second time that the Padres’ Chase Headley cost a Giants pitcher a perfect game as he was the only baserunner allowed by Jonathan Sanchez in his no-hitter on July 10, 2009 and then was the only runner allowed by Lincecum yesterday.

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BUSTER POSEY… Had a season-high four hits with a2B and two RBI in support of Lincecum no-no, playing 1B.

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HUNTER PENCE… Is only Giants player on the team to start all 79 games…has played 702 of SF’s 707 innings.

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BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has started 71 of 79 games at shortstop (11 errors).

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HECTOR SANCHEZ… Caught Lincecum no-no yesterday, becoming just third Venezuelan born player to catch a no hitter (Miguel Montero 2010, Jesus Montero 2012 – courtesy Bill Arnold).

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SERIES NOTES… The Giants took two of three from Cincinnati earlier this month at Great American Ball Park, winning its first series versus the Reds since August of 2010… dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, the Reds have won seven of the last 12 meetings here at AT&T Park.

 

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