06/29/10 9:44 PM ET
In pinch, Giants have go-to guys off bench
Ishikawa, Schierholtz coming through when called upon
By Cash Kruth / MLB.com
Posey gets second consecutive day of rest
SAN FRANCISCO -- For the second straight day, Buster Posey wasn't in the Giants' starting lineup, but manager Bruce Bochy said it was simply another day off for the first baseman/catcher."He'll be back in there [Wednesday]," Bochy said. "We're trying to mix [the infield] up. He's going to be catching a little bit more, and we just wanted to give him a day." Since hitting .429 (21-for-49) in his first 13 games, Posey has been mired in a slump, hitting .140 (6-for-43) in his past 12 games, including a pinch-hit strikeout Monday night. During San Francisco's series in Houston last week, the San Jose Mercury News reported that Posey had been dealing with a sore left wrist. Although Posey acknowledged his left has been sore for the past year and a half "just from playing every day," he said the wrist is a "non-issue." "It's nothing," Posey said. "I have no idea where that came from."
Double plays turning into 'epidemic' for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Seventy-five games into the season, anybody who slightly follows the Giants knows that double plays have been more than a problem this season.Before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Giants manager Bruce Bochy all but called them a disease. "It's gotten contagious. It's become an epidemic, really," Bochy said. "I wish there was an easy cure for this. ... It just so happens we're in a little funk right now, even unusual ones -- fly-ball double plays -- and it's something I hope we get through soon." The Giants hit into five double plays in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, including one in the seventh inning, when, with runners on the corners and no outs, Pablo Sandoval tried to take second base on a fly ball to right field, thinking Aaron Rowand -- on third -- was breaking for home. The three double plays the Giants grounded into Monday night upped their total to seven in their past five games and 81 for the season -- the most in the National League and second most in the Majors. San Francisco is on pace to ground into 175 double plays this season, which would break the Major League record of 174 set in 1990 by Boston. The franchise record is 153, set in 1939. "I don't see it staying at this pace," Bochy said. "But it is hurting us."
Pablo Sandoval returned to the third spot in the Giants' lineup Tuesday for the first time since June 9. "More than anything, it lengthens the lineup up a little bit," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I think Pablo has been swinging well from the left side and I liked the swings he took [Monday] and we need to get rolling offensively again." ... Tuesday's lineup was the 57th different one used by the Giants this season, fourth most in the National League. ... Bengie Molina has thrown out nine of his pat 20 attempted basestealers after having thrown out only three of the previous 37. ... MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo tweeted Tuesday that Giants' 2009 first-round Draft pick Zack Wheeler will replace Detroit's Andy Oliver in the XM Futures Game on July 11 in Anaheim. Wheeler, a 20-year-old right-hander, is 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA in seven starts for Class A Augusta. He has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a cracked fingernail on the middle finger of his right hand.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.