PandaWatch: Sandoval goes yard


PandaWatch: Sandoval goes yard

Pablo Sandoval hit a home run in the ninth inning to go 2-for-5 with a double and that homer in game No. 2 of his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose.

Hitting third as the designated hitter, Sandoval fouled out to left field to end the first inning in his first at bat. In his second time up, with two outs in the third, he hit the ball well, but flew out to the warning track in left.

In his third at bat, with two outs in the fifth, he smacked a gapper to right-center field for a double but was stranded.

He struck out swinging in the seventh, but came up again with two outs in the ninth. Facing Justin Souza, Sandoval pulled a ball over the fence in right-center to finish his day strong.

Sandoval has not played for the Giants in a month. He was diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand on May 2 and had surgery to remove it.

In his rehab games the Giants are only allowing the switch-hitting Sandoval to bat from the left side, to prevent his injured left hand from gripping the knob of the bat

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017


SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.

Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm


Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm

Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game against the Brewers in the bottom of the eighth inning after getting hit on the left forearm.

Sandoval was examined by the trainer and manager Bruce Bochy removed the third baseman from the game.

Orlando Calixte came in to pinch run for Sandoval.

Before the hit-by-pitch, Sandoval was 2-for-3 with a double.