SF Giants Prospects

Pre-game & lineups: Brandon Belt is back at AT&T Park

By Eric Nathanson

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s continue their 4-game series tonight at AT&T Park. After two ugly games across the Bay the Giants look to bounce back and finish strong before the All-Star break. RHP Matt Cain (1-7, 4.27 ERA) gets the start for the home team against recently acquired RHP Jason Hammel (no record) for the A’s.

This is the first start for Hammel as a member of the A’s after coming over from the Cubs in a July 4 trade with fellow starter Jeff Samardzija. When the Cubs visited AT&T Park earlier this season Hammel did not make a start. This will be his first start against the Giants since 2011.

Matt Cain has seen plenty of the A’s over the years. This will be his 11th start against the AL team across the Bay. Lifetime, Cain is 3-5 with a 2.11 ERA against Oakland. Surprise! He hasn’t gotten much run support in those 10 starts.

The lineups for tonight’s game:

Coco Crisp CF
Stephen Vogt 1B
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Brandon Moss RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jed Lowrie SS
Derek Norris C
Alberto Callaspo 2B
Hammel P

Hunter Pence RF
Brandon Belt 1B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Michael Morse LF
Gregor Blanco CF
Joe Panik 2B
Brandon Crawford SS
Cain P

As you can see, Pence is in the leadoff spot once again for the Giants as they keep trying anything to kickstart the offense. Not jumping on opportunities has stifled the Giants offense the last few games. They are 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position in 2 games against the A’s and have gone just 8-for-69 (.116) over their last 12 games.

On the bright side, the Giants have won 12 of the last 14 games played between these teams at AT&T Park. They can also move in to a first place tie with Los Angeles as the Dodgers already lost today in Detroit.