7/22/2014 8:17 P.M. ET
Giants proud of infielders' development
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants' baseball operations staff is being rewarded for its labor.
Monday's 7-4 victory over Philadelphia ended with the Giants using an infield consisting entirely of homegrown players: first baseman Adam Duvall, second baseman Ehire Adrianza, shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy started an infield produced entirely by the Giants system, with Buster Posey playing first base and Joe Panik at second.
San Francisco also employed a homegrown starting infield a handful of times earlier this year: Brandon Belt or Posey at first base, Adrianza or Panik at second base, Crawford at shortstop and Sandoval at third. For most of the season, however, at least one player nurtured in a different organization -- such as Michael Morse, Brandon Hicks or Joaquin Arias -- has joined the infield alignment.
"It's a proud moment for your player development and scouting staffs," Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. "They pour hours that nobody sees into preparing the organization for the future. It is very gratifying to fill out your lineup with players from your system. It's a significant accomplishment, especially when it gets to the point where that's the group you go with every day. Any general manager will tell you that's something he's proud of."
Panik sprains ankle, departs early vs. Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Giants second baseman Joe Panik left Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning with a sprained right ankle.
Panik's playing status was initially deemed as day to day.
Panik hurt himself in the first inning as he tried to beat out a grounder to first baseman Ryan Howard, who couldn't field the ball cleanly but eventually fed it to pitcher Roberto Hernandez covering the bag. Hernandez barely beat Panik, who rolled his ankle as he stepped on the right edge of the base.
Panik jogged gingerly back to the dugout and ran at a similar pace when he took his position for the bottom of the first inning. One inning later, Ehire Adrianza replaced Panik at second.
Pence a fitting winner of Heart and Hustle Award
PHILADELPHIA -- Right fielder Hunter Pence won an award that sounded as if it were named for him.
Pence was named Tuesday as the Giants' recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, given annually to honor players who demonstrate passion for the game and best embody baseball's values, spirit and tradition. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
Toward the end of the season, fans, baseball alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from among the 30 team winners.
Pence said he draws inspiration and motivation from multiple sources.
"We're competing to win for each other," Pence said, adding that his constant effort is "for my teammates. And beyond my teammates, it's for the people who put the work in behind the scenes" such as strength coaches and athletic trainers.
As Pence has mentioned on many occasions, he thrives on the competition.
"That's why I love the game," he said.
• Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that sidelined center fielder Angel Pagan (back) has resumed swinging off a tee, both right-handed and left-handed. "That's a step in the right direction," Bochy said.
• Bochy said first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) is "making progress" but probably is still a couple of days away from resuming baseball-related activities.
• Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong turned 37 Tuesday.