Player News - Giants

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Brandon Belt swatted a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Giants to a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

In a 5-5 game in the seventh inning, Belt stepped to the dish with two on and lefty Jake McGee on the bump for the Rox. Belt delivered, as he has often this year, knocking a three-run jack over the right field wall to give the Giants the late lead. The first baseman has surprisingly been one of the best hitters in the National League this year, batting .313/.413/.594 with 11 homers, 29 RBI and 28 runs scored. He's been especially dangerous in the past week, recording six multi-hit games since last Sunday. Few are locked in like he is right now.
May 20 - 9:13 PM

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Hernandez muscled up in the fifth inning, lifting a fly ball to center field that just kept carrying and eluded a leaping Charlie Blackmon for the two-run shot. The laser show from Gorkys has been a surprise, as Sunday's homer was his fourth this year after he entered the year with five total homers in 232 career games. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant offensive surprise all around for the Giants this year, batting .279/.308/.430 while hitting leadoff at points for the club.
May 20 - 9:02 PM

Ty Blach lasted just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing eight hits and four runs in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Blach has been getting by on the back of one of the league's best ground ball rates, a skill that abandoned him Sunday as the Rockies made just three outs on the ground before he exited. Fortunately for him, AT&T Park is spacious enough that the fly balls didn't hurt him as much as they could have on a day when he just didn't have it. Blach didn't factor in the decision, remaining 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 11 starts this year. He'll draw a tough Cubs team in Wrigley Field on Sunday.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Jake Peavy is still hopeful of returning to the big leagues this season.

The 36-year-old hurler said that he'll make a decision within the next three weeks, but wanted to consult with his children first. Peavy elaborated, "I feel that I can help a team in the second half. My arm feels great. I’ve had a chance to rest it so I feel as strong as I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve kept in shape. I throw bullpens. So I’m hoping that once I make the decision to do it, that the interest will be there." Even if he is able to succeed in his comeback attempt, it's unlikey that he'll be relevvant from a fantasy perspective.
Source: Boston Globe
May 20 - 7:11 PM

Andrew McCutchen (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

McCutchen was pulled from Saturday's game with a bruised knee and will sit this one out. He should be fine Tuesday after Monday's off day. Gorkys Hernandez is in right field.
May 20 - 2:04 PM

Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Rockies.

He punched a two-run double to left field in the third inning and followed that up by taking reliever Brooks Pounders over the wall with Evan Longoria along for the ride in the sixth frame. Crawford isn't known for his bat but he has been one of the hottest hitters in the league for weeks now. He has a .449 batting average since the start of May. For the season he is slashing an impressive .302/.333/.453 with four homers and 19 RBI.
May 19 - 8:12 PM

Miguel Gomez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

He laced an RBI-single to right field to plate Brandon Belt in the third inning. Gomez has appeared in all five games the Giants have played since he was called up on Tuesday, although this was just his second start. He will serve as a backup infielder with occasional starts at second base. He is unlikely to have much fantasy value even if he gets semi-regular playing time.
May 19 - 8:05 PM

Chris Stratton allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings and snared a win against the Rockies on Saturday.

It wasn't one of the better efforts of his up-and-down season -- he notched just one strikeout while surrendering eight hits and two walks. He fell behind early, allowing a run in each of the first two frames and then again in the fourth and fifth innings. The Giants' offense backed him up with plenty of runs though and he was able to stick around just long enough to be credited with the win. He improves to 5-3 with a 4.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through 10 starts. He will climb the hill for a tough matchup against the Cubs on the road next Saturday.
May 19 - 7:57 PM

Andrew McCutchen is dealing with a bruised knee, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.

McCutchen was double-switched out of Saturday's game, but the 9-4 score made it unclear whether there was an issue or whether he was just getting a few innings off. Bochy said the ailment is minor and that McCutchen could play Sunday, depending on how he feels. Consider him day to day for now.
May 19 - 7:44 PM

Mark Melancon (forearm) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.

He's going to need around two weeks before he's ready to rejoin the Giants' bullpen. With as well as Hunter Strickland has pitched in the closer's role, it would be surprising if Melancon works in the ninth inning immediately upon his return.
May 19 - 2:59 PM

Madison Bumgarner (finger) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

Bumgarner will face hitters on Tuesday before beginning a rehab assignment on May 26. The plan according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy is for the left-hander to make at least three rehab starts, although Bumgarner said Saturday that he could make 2-4 starts. He's been out all season after suffering a fractured left pinkie finger during spring training.
May 19 - 2:43 PM

Joe Panik (thumb) is ahead of schedule and could wind up missing less than five weeks of action.

Panik's timetable was set at six weeks following surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb, but he has progressed rapidly. The second baseman is expected to begin a rehab assignment by Memorial Day.
May 19 - 2:30 PM

Brandon Belt (knee) is back in the Giants' lineup Saturday.

Belt sat out Friday's game with some knee soreness but is ready to roll now. He is at first base and batting cleanup against Jon Gray and the Rockies.
May 19 - 1:42 PM

Gorkys Hernandez hit his third homer and walked Friday against the Rockies.

Hernandez's homer was the Giants' only run of the night. He has three homers in 77 at-bats this year after going without one in 310 at-bats last season. Then again, he has no doubles (or triples) this year after collecting 20 (and one triple) last season. So, the power burst probably isn't a real thing. He's still making a decent case for more playing time over Austin Jackson.
May 19 - 1:20 AM

Brandon Belt is absent from the Giants' lineup Friday due to knee soreness.

Belt homered Thursday and finished the game, but manager Bruce Bochy noted after the contest that the first baseman was dealing with some soreness in his knee. It sounds like a day-to-day situation.
May 18 - 5:59 PM

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