Sanchez stars, Aurilia slugs, Giants rock steady

SAN FRANCISCO — Here’s why Jonathan Sanchez’s victory Thursday over the Phillies was more impressive than it looked:

Philadelphia typically mauls left-handed starters like Sanchez. Entering their encounter against him, the Phillies were 22-11 against lefty starters with a Major League-high 46 home runs. Philadelphia also led all National League teams in doubles, extra-base hits, RBIs and total bases against left-handers.

So for Sanchez to limit Philadelphia to two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings was a definite accomplishment.

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This comes courtesy of Doug Greenwald, Triple-A Fresno’s broadcaster:

Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer in the third inning of Fresno’s game against Colorado Springs. Aurilia needed an injury rehabiIitation stint while his infected big toe heals.

Meanwhile, Greenwald pointed out that this was Aurilia’s first Triple-A homer since 1997.<p/>

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By defeating the Phillies in Thursday’s series opener, the Giants sealed a winning July. The Giants improved to 14-12 for the month, continuing their trend of posting winning records each month. It all started with a 10-10 April, continued with a 15-14 May and peaked with a 17-10 June.

– Chris Haft

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