7/30/2013 7:43 P.M. ET
Giants seek spark from Pill, Kieschnick
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed hopes that first baseman Brett Pill and outfielder Roger Kieschnick can bolster the team's sagging offense.
Pill and Kieschnick joined the team Tuesday after their recall from Triple-A Fresno. Bochy immediately installed Pill in the lineup, batting sixth and playing first base. Kieschnick, a left-handed hitter, did not start against Philadelphia left-hander John Lannan. But Bochy said that he would play left field Wednesday against right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Pill and Kieschnick join an offense that, by any measure, is dormant. In its past eight games, San Francisco has scored 15 runs, batted .185 (12-for-65) with runners in scoring position in that span and hit zero home runs.
"If you look at our offense, it's sputtering," Bochy said. "Pill's been the best hitter down in Fresno all year. We need some help offensively and hopefully they'll provide that."
Potentially, both Pill and Kieschnick can give the Giants power they have lacked. Having spent most of the past four years in Triple-A, Pill ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 18 home runs this season. Kieschnick had 13 homers.
Beginning his third stint of the season with the Giants, Pill also ranked second in the PCL in slugging (.630), third in RBIs (79) and fourth in batting average (.344). Knowing that he was a fixture in Fresno's lineup enabled him to "keep the same consistency," he said.
Kieschnick hit .273 in 101 games with Fresno, which included a .316 surge over 23 games in July. That followed a .181 performance in June, which was "pretty much the worst career month I ever had," he said. That spoiled the .313 average he owned when the month began.
Illness keeps Posey out of Giants' lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Giants catcher Buster Posey was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies with an upset stomach.
"It came on pretty fast," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who wasn't certain before the game whether Posey would be available to pinch-hit.
Posey appeared in 100 of San Francisco's first 104 games, starting 94. His 0-for-18 skid during a six-game hitless streak, the longest of his career, has dropped the reigning National League Most Valuable Player's batting average to .308.
Posey was replaced behind the plate by Guillermo Quiroz and in the cleanup spot by right fielder Hunter Pence.
Giants wish former teammate Wilson well
PHILADELPHIA -- Brian Wilson's ex-teammates welcomed Tuesday's news that the former Giants closer signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Aware of Wilson's tireless, furious work ethic, those who knew him best felt certain that the right-hander would recover from his second Tommy John elbow surgery to prompt some sort of offer. Wilson threw for teams last Friday in Los Angeles.
Giants right-hander Matt Cain said that he sent Wilson a congratulatory text message that included a request.
"I hope he'll hang me a slider if I get to hit off him," Cain said.
Cain harbored only minor doubts regarding Wilson's comeback.
"Knowing what he does to get ready for a season and just the way that he is -- so obsessed with his body and making sure it's functioning right -- I knew that he was going to do everything he could to get healthy," Cain said.
"I'm glad it worked out for him to get a chance to get to the Major Leagues again," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was probably going against some odds, to be honest."
Said right-hander Tim Lincecum, "I'm definitely curious to see what he's featuring." Asked whether he meant what he's throwing or how his beard is growing, Lincecum replied, "All of the above."
Lincecum added, "He's probably one of the hardest workers I've seen, so I know that'll be a reflection of what you see out there."
Nobody begrudged Wilson signing with another club -- which happened to be San Francisco's archrival. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Wilson did not receive an offer from the Giants.
Cain acknowledged that fans probably will have mixed emotions about Wilson's decision. But Cain also pointed out that Wilson spent 10 years (2003-12) with the organization.
"He's done so much for the Giants," Cain said. "The fans have grown to love him, and you really do. He's such a neat character on and off the field."
Phillies utility man Kevin Frandsen, who rose to the Majors with Wilson through the Giants' farm system, cited the enormous Los Angeles market in which the Dodgers perform, the success they're having this year and the fact that Wilson resides there.
"How could you look away from that?" Frandsen said. "He's a great guy. That's first and foremost. Everybody knows one thing about him: He wants to compete, and he wants to compete at the highest level."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.