Jake has pretty much been a six inning guy since returning from the DL (back sprain) in July, with spotty results. The vet hasn't faced the Bucs for a spell (this will be his first appearance at PNC since 2008), but overall has been pretty solid against Pittsburgh, with a 5-2/2.52 slash in eight outings. The game starts at 7:05 and will be on the MLB Network, Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Big boy lineup again; Cervelli and rust never rest. Last time out, Charlie lost his grip in a heartbeat, so maybe Clint will have his pen on call from the sixth inning on. Big game with Mad Bum on deck.
- With 45 games to go, Mark Melancon’s 38 saves are the fourth-highest single-season total in club history behind Mike Williams (46 in 2002), Jose Mesa (43 in 2004) and Joel Hanrahan (40 in 2011).
- JHK has been hit by a pitch 16 times, which is a club record for a rookie batter.
- St.Louis won and the Cubs lost last night. The Pirates are five games behind the Cards, four ahead of Chicago.
- Pittsburgh swept three from the Giants at AT&T Park in June, missing Mad Bum on that trip.
- The Giants activated Nori Aoki from the DL today and put Hunter Pence (strained left oblique) on it.