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SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time the Giants faced Clayton Kershaw, they finally were able to topple him. It was Brett Pill who cast the smooth stone with a two-run home run in a 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium on May 8.
Pill is in the minor leagues, but Brandon Belt is finally giving the Giants consistent production at first base. He's in the lineup as Ryan Vogelsong will attempt to outpitch Kershaw for the second time this season.
Kershaw doesn't mind pitching in the shadow of the big soda bottle. He has won four consecutive starts at AT&T Park, and in six career outings, he is 4-1 with a 0.45 ERA (two earned runs, 39.2 innings) here.
Postseason hero Conor Gillaspie is back up with the Giants and on the hot corner Friday night at AT&T Park vs. the Mets.
New York Mets (31-41)
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Michael Conforto (L) CF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Jose Reyes (S) SS
9. Seth Lugo (R) P
San Francisco Giants (27-48)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Austin Slater (R) LF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) RF
9. Ty Blach (R) P
Bryan Morris allowed five earned runs out of the bullpen while only recording two outs in the Giants' 12-11 loss to the Braves on Thursday. One day later, the Giants designated Morris for assignment.
In a corresponding move, the Giants recalled lefty reliever Steven Okert from Triple-A Sacramento.
Morris went 2-0 with a 6.43 ERA in 20 games out of the bullpen for the Giants this season.
Okert has moved up and down from Sacramento and San Francisco this year. With the Giants, he is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in 19 appearances.
Down in the minors, Okert owns a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA in 11 games while recording four saves.