Bochy says he's sticking with Belt


Bochy says he's sticking with Belt

PHOENIX -- Brandon Belt struck out four times in his first eight at-bats, but he's in Sunday's lineup at first base. And Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Belt would be in the lineup Monday at Colorado, too.

Bochy might have had Belt on a yo-yo string all last season, but he plans to give the gifted left-handed hitter plenty of rope this year.

"He's going to be out there," Bochy reaffirmed. "That's what you do. It's two games here."

Giants GM Brian Sabean said he and Bochy are on the same page about committing to Belt.

"The only way you're going to make adjustments at the major league speed of the game is to play at this level," Sabean told me. "Triple-A pitching is so far removed from what you see up here, and maybe moreso in our division. So if he went down there and hit .400, what would that mean?"

Sabean said it'll be up to Belt to show he can make those adjustments, particularly to show he can drive the middle-in fastball.

"He's going to be given chances," Sabean said. "That's why he's up here. And I think he already has (adjusted) to a certain extent. He already did to make the team. He wasn't getting his hits at the back end of games. It was spring training, but he was facing major league pitchers and relievers."

There's one other difference this year. When Belt was told he made the team, he didn't shed any tears.

"This year compared to last year, he's got more confidence and he's not as wide-eyed," Sabean said. "You can say the same thing about (shortstop Brandon) Crawford. They feel they belong here."

Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys


Giants lineup: After 10 runs vs Phillies, Bochy sticks with his guys

The Giants scored early and often Friday night, giving Bruce Bochy no reason to switch anything up Saturday in San Francisco.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Jorge Alfaro (R) 1B
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Ty Blach (R) P

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'


Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles.