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
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
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
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.