ATLANTA -- The Giants have the most RBIs at the catcher position in the majors, but the Robin in their Dynamic Duo left Tuesday night's game in the fourth inning.
Hector Sanchez sustained a sprained left knee when he made a sudden move on the basepaths. He tried to jog but not to the satisfaction of Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, who escorted him off the field.
There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury, but by definition, every sprain is a ligament tear to some degree. The Giants could recall Eli Whiteside if Sanchez is forced to the disabled list. Whiteside is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.
Sanchez was in Tuesday's lineup as Barry Zito's catcher for the left-hander's 18th consecutive start. Although Giants manager Bruce Bochy hinted last week that he'd have Buster Posey catch Zito, the skipper said prior to the game that he wanted to keep Sanchez's switch-hitting bat in the lineup. Sanchez had a single in two at-bats before he got hurt.
Posey started at first base and was having a productive night in his own right. The lad from Leesburg, Ga., was 3 for 3 with five RBIs by the fourth inning; his career high was six, set July 7, 2010 at Milwaukee.
Each of Posey's hits came with two strikes; the first two also came with two outs.
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A day after scoring two runs against the Mets, Bruce Bochy is using the same lineup Sunday against Rafael Montero.
New York Mets:
1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Rafael Montero (R) P
San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Austin Slater (R) LF
9. Matt Moore (L) P
The Dodgers won an NL-best 50th game on Saturday night.
At the same time, the Giants lost an NL-worst 50th game.
At 50-26, the Dodgers have a .658 winning percentage, while the Giants own a 27-50 record and a .351 winning percentage.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the .307 differential in winning percentage is the largest gap the Dodgers have ever held over the Giants through a minimum of 70 games.
In fact, it's the first time ever that the Dodgers have had a winning percentage differential of at least .300 over the Giants.
The two franchises go all the way back to 1890 when they got their start in New York. That's 127 years of history.
While it's a first for the Dodgers, the Giants have had a .300 winning percent differential over the Dodgers four times in history, but it's been a while. According to Elias, it happened in 1904, 1905, 1908 and 1912.