SS Ehire Adrianza made his first major league start Thursday, batting eighth and going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Adrianza beat out a potential double-play grounder to extend the fourth inning and bring home Joaquin Arias with what proved to be the decisive run. He singled in the sixth for his second career hit. Adrianza was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 3 and is hitting .286 with two RBI in seven at-bats.
OF Juan Perez made his homecoming a memorable one Thursday, when the New York native went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Perez, who was playing in front of about 10 family members and friends, singled in the second, singled home the Giants' first run in the fourth, walked in the sixth and singled again in the ninth. He is hitting .246 with five RBI and two stolen bases in 65 at-bats for the Giants this year.
LHP Javier Lopez recorded his first save of the season Thursday, when he retired the only two batters he faced in the ninth inning to close out the Giants' 2-1 win over the Mets. Lopez came on after Santiago Casilla walked leadoff batter Matt den Dekker. Lopez then retired Lucas Duda on a fly-out to center and struck out Anthony Recker. It was the 13th career save for Lopez and his first since Sept. 11, 2012. He is 3-2 with a 1.63 ERA in 67 games.
RHP Matt Cain joined some impressive company Wednesday night, when he joined Hall of Famers Juan Marichal (1962-1969) and Gaylord Perry (1964-1971) as the only pitchers in franchise history to strike out at least 150 batters in eight straight years. Cain has 1,402 strikeouts in 1,667 2/3 innings since 2006. Marichal had 1,658 strikeouts in 2,283 1/3 innings during his seven-year run while Perry had 1,534 strikeouts in 2,175 1/3 innings.
RHP Tim Lincecum will look to extend his late-season winning streak when he takes the mound Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Lincecum extended his winning streak to four last Saturday, when he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings as the Giants routed the Dodgers 19-3. Lincecum has a 3.77 ERA in five starts since his last loss on Aug. 19. Lincecum will be making his first career appearance against the Yankees, who are one of just four teams he has never faced. He is 8-9 with a 4.10 ERA in 22 career interleague starts, including 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA in four starts this year.
LHP Madison Bumgarner continued his impressive finishing kick Thursday, when he earned the win after allowing one run on four hits and three walks over seven innings in leading the Giants past the Mets 2-1. Bumgarner struck out 10 -- the fifth time this season he has reached double digits in strikeouts and the 13th time in his career. He set a career high with 199 strikeouts. He also exceeded 200 innings pitched for the third straight year. Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 25 innings over four September starts.