10:15 PM ET, September 16, 2010
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Giants seize first place in West as Buster Posey backs up Jonathan Sanchez
SAN FRANCISCO -- A mist swirled above the field and fans stayed put after the final out as the NL West division flags in center field were changed. The Giants went back on top at last."Yeah, it's pretty cool. That goes without saying," first baseman Aubrey Huff said.
• The Giants overtook the Padres for first place in the NL West -- a post the Padres have held since June 16.
• Ted Lilly gave up two homers. He is 0-3 in his last four starts and has allowed 19 earned runs and seven HRs.
• Jonathan Sanchez struck out a career-high 12 batters, the second time since April he has struck out 10-plus.
• The Giants won the season series versus the Dodgers 10-8. It was the first time they've won the season series since 2005.
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Torre attended Raiders practice across the bay in Alameda and spent some time with owner Al Davis in his office. "I'll tell you, he's sharp," Torre said. "I've known Al a long time. ... It was fun there. You don't realize how big those guys are 'til you're right up next to them." Former Raiders coach John Madden also took Torre around. ... Los Angeles INF Jamey Carroll isn't available for a few days because of a sore wrist that he hurt on a swing several days ago. ... Bochy said rookie C Posey could play every day the rest of the way, perhaps getting a break from behind the plate with some starts at first. ... Struggling San Francisco slugger Pablo Sandoval, in an 0-for-15 funk and 3 for his last 37, sat against an LHP starter and likely won't start Friday either. ... A thick fog hovered over the outfield for the entire game. ... Sanchez became the fourth Giants lefty to strike out 12 or more without a walk since 1920.
Regular Season Series
|San Francisco leads 10-8 (as of Thu 9/16)|
|Fri 4/16||@LAD 10, SF 8||Recap|
|Sat 4/17||SF 9, @LAD 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/18||@LAD 2, SF 1||Recap|
|Mon 6/28||LAD 4, @SF 2||Recap|
|Tue 6/29||LAD 4, @SF 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/30||LAD 8, @SF 2||Recap|
|Mon 7/19||SF 5, @LAD 2||Recap|
|Tue 7/20||SF 7, @LAD 5||Recap|
|Wed 7/21||@LAD 2, SF 0||Recap|
|Fri 7/30||@SF 6, LAD 5||Recap|
|Sat 7/31||@SF 2, LAD 1||Recap|
|Sun 8/1||@SF 2, LAD 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/3||@LAD 4, SF 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/4||SF 5, @LAD 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/5||SF 3, @LAD 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/14||LAD 1, @SF 0||Recap|
|Wed 9/15||@SF 2, LAD 1||Recap|
|» Thu 9/16||@SF 10, LAD 2||Box Score|
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|1st||R Theriot sacrificed to third, R Furcal to third, R Theriot safe at second on throwing error by third baseman J Uribe. R Furcal scored on throwing error by third baseman J Uribe.||1||0|
|1st||B Posey doubled to deep right, A Huff scored.||1||1|
|3rd||A Huff homered to right (357 feet), E Renteria and F Sanchez scored.||1||4|
|3rd||B Posey homered to left (411 feet).||1||5|
|4th||F Sanchez walked, J Guillen scored, J Sanchez to third, E Renteria to second.||1||6|
|5th||R Mitchell homered to left (351 feet).||2||6|
|5th||J Guillen homered to left (397 feet), P Burrell scored.||2||8|
|8th||F Sanchez doubled to deep left, M Fontenot and E Renteria scored.||2||10|
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|Stadium||AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA|
|Attendance||38,434 (91.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||63 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Marty Foster, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Ed Hickox|
How Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez dominated the Dodgers: ... Strike percentage of 74.4 (on all pitches) was the highest of his career in a start. It was spread across all pitch types (76.7% on fastballs); the free-swinging Dodgers whiffed 18 times, the most for Sanchez since April. ... Curve and slider worked well; Dodgers went 0-for-7 against those two pitches, which also accounted for five of Sanchez' season-high 12 strikeouts. They also chased half of those two pitches outside the strike zone. ... No fear: Threw 25 pitches up and 22 across the middle, and did not surrender a hit on any of those. Los Angeles was 0-for-14 when putting those in play, and they chopped down on most of them: Sanchez' ground ball percentage of 64.3 was his highest of the season. ... High strike percentage led him to ZERO 3-ball counts the entire game (not even 3-2). That's another first in his career as a starter. He went 2-0 to only two batters, both of whom later made outs.
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