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Orange and Black Saturday Inside Scoop

August 23rd, 2014 at 10:24 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants snapped the Washington Nationals 10-game winning streak Friday night with a 10-3 beat down in the series opener led by a great performance from Joe Panik.

'Let's Go Giants' photo (c) 2012, Joe Mazzola - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Panik was 4-for-5 on the night and recorded his first Major League home run and is batting .563 (9-for-16) on the current six-game road trip. During the month of August, Panik is batting .429 with 27 hits in 17 games and has pretty much locked down second base.

The Giants have had their struggles with the Nationals since 2011, going 9-14 heading into the series opener and dropped three of four to them back in June. The Giants love playing the National League East this season, recording a 22-10 mark and 12-3 road record versus them.

'Lincecum Delivers' photo (c) 2013, Don DeBold - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Giants are 16-16 since the All-Star Break and 12-9 on the road. Angel Pagan is day-to-day with a calf cramp. Tim Hudson earned the win to even up his record at 9-9 and the Giants are 15-9 in his starts this year.

Tim Lincecum is one win away from becoming the fifth pitcher in Giants franchise history since moving to San Francisco to win 100 games in his career. A win Saturday and the two-time World Series champion will join Juan Marichal (238), Gaylord Perry (134), Mike McCormick (107) and Kirk Rueter (105).

The Giants are 3-1 on their current six-game road trip with two games left to go in Washington before returning home Monday night for a seven-game homestand.

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