Giants lineup: Schierholtz back, Pill in over Huff, Belt


Giants lineup: Schierholtz back, Pill in over Huff, Belt

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy has announced his lineup for Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise.
San Francisco Giants
Gregor Blanco, CF
Freddy Sanchez, DH
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Brett Pill, 1B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Joaquin Arias, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Eli Whiteside, C
Emmanuel Burriss, LF
(Tim Lincecum, RHP)

Looks like Bruce Bochy decided to rest a few regulars for Monday's game to give some of the fringe players a chance to play.

Gregor Blanco gets the nod to play center lead off after starting in right field Sunday. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and his fifth stolen base of the spring and raised his Cactus League average to .474 in 19 at-bats.

After getting the day off Sunday, Freddy Sanchez is back in the lineup, but still won't play defense. Bruce Bochy had said on Friday that Sanchez could play second base for the first time this spring against the Royals, but later backtracked on Saturday. Bochy hopes Sanchez can return to defensive duties later this week.

With Nate Schierholtz back in the lineup, it appears his bruised hip is fine. Schierholtz said he sustained the minor injury in Saturday's game, but expected to be in the lineup against the Royals.

With Brett Pill at first base and Conor Gillaspie at third base, it means rest for Aubrey Huff, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval. Pill sat out Sunday's game and is batting .292 with a home run and five RBIs in 24 at-bats. Gillaspie also didn't see action against the Seattle Mariners and is the owner of a .235 average in 17 at-bats.

Brandon Crawford is back in Bochy's lineup after raising his Cactus League average to .429 with two extra-base hits Saturday and resting on Sunday.

Emmanuel Burriss gets a rare outfield start. Without any minor league options remaining, Burriss needs to show his versatility by ranging between the infield and the outfield if he hopes to hang on to his roster spot.

Last but not least, Tim Lincecum will take the hill in Surprise for his third outing. Lincecum is off to his usual rough spring start, to the tune of a 13.50 ERA in four innings. Bochy will likely stretch him out and let his ace go four innings Monday.

Giants lineup: Pence hitting third, Panik back into two-hole

Giants lineup: Pence hitting third, Panik back into two-hole

Clutch, late-game hitting by Hunter Pence has propelled him to the three hole as the Giants look to bounce back vs the Braves. Bruce Bochy has released the rest of his lineup for Game 2 of the series...

San Francisco Giants:
1. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 3B
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Austin Slater (R) LF
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P

Atlanta Braves:
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. Johan Camargo (S) 3B
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' walk-off loss to Braves

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' walk-off loss to Braves


SAN FRANCISCO — For a team with such a poor record, the Giants actually have a decent number of late-inning comebacks on the road. There’s a caveat, however 

Remember the comeback at Citi Field? The Giants lost the next day. Remember the big late rally against at Busch Stadium? The Giants lost the next day.  

It happened once again on Wednesday. A day after blowing it open late to beat the Braves, the Giants lost 5-3 on a Matt Kemp walk-off homer in the 11th. They have dropped 17 of their past 22 games, which is suboptimal. Here are five things to know from a wet and long night in Atlanta … 

—- Jeff Samardzija was mostly sharp, and he needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings. As always, he paid for the long ball. Matt Adams hit a two-run shot early and Tyler Flowers put one about an inch over the left field wall in the seventh. Flowers’ ball had a hit probability of two percent — TWO! — but it still counted as an insurance run after a replay review confirmed that the ball hit a net behind the wall. 

—- Hunter Pence hit a solo blast in the ninth, his second deficit-clearing homer of the trip. Turns out there’s some juice left in that bat. 

—- Samardzija threw a fastball in the third that clocked in at 97.7 mph. It was his fastest pitch of the season. 

—- Sean Newcomb was as advertised. The left-hander has been a top 100 prospect throughout his professional career, and he gave up just three hits and one run over six innings. In his first three MLB starts, the 24-year-old lefty has allowed just four runs over 18 1/3 innings. 

—- With Eduardo Nuñez still sidelined by hamstring tightness, Aaron Hill got another start at third. He was 0 for 3. He’s hitless in his last 17 at-bats and he has just one hit in his last 26 at-bats.