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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

July 19th, 2014 at 7:54 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are back in first place after winning their third consecutive game Saturday by defeating the Miami Marlins 5-3 and will go for the weekend sweep Sunday afternoon. The Giants currently own the best record in the National League.

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The Giants have scored 14 runs the first two games of the second half, while Tim Hudson recorded his first win since June 12th by throwing 7.1 innings and allowing just one run. The All-Star never threw more than 15 pitches in any inning, induced three double-plays and 11 groundouts to pad his record to 8-6 on the year.

Hudson has beaten the Marlins in five straight games dating back to July 30, 2011, when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves. The righty even earned his first RBI with the Giants by drawing a bases loaded walk in the top of the fourth and the team is now 12-6 in his starts this season.

Hunter Pence recorded his 35th multi-hit game and leads the NL in that department, while Pablo Sandoval has produced back-to-back multi-hit games. 

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The Panda is batting .524 in his last five games with 11 hits and six RBI's. Brandon Belt left tonight's game in the bottom of the third due to dizziness. The Giants are 5-0 on the road versus the NL East and 13-6 overall. 

Back in 2010 and 2012 when the Giants won the World Series, they played terrific and found their groove with a splendid second half. They went 45-29 in 2010 and 48-28 in 2012. History could repeat itself once again if the Giants can play some great consistent ball during the second half of the season. 

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