Hottest and coldest San Francisco Giants hitters during losing streak
Apr 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez (29) smiles in the dugout during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
With a pair of injuries around the diamond, Hector Sanchez had a golden opportunity to step up and justify his spot on the team with Andrew Susac waiting in the wings.
Instead, he did the opposite, going hitless across four starts and a pair of pinch-hit appearances (a combined 0-for-14). Sanchez’s worst-hitting game had to be the team’s series finale versus the Rockies, when he stranded five men on base.
It’s clear that the Hector of 2012 (.280 BA, .390 SLG) is no more, but how long is his leash with Susac back healthy (and mashing) for the Rivercats?
His home run against the D-Backs on Wednesday was a breath of fresh air for Brandon Crawford, who had gone hitless in his past seven games (six starts).
Still, there’s no salvaging his line during the losing streak (.056 BA with 7 SO), particularly when Bruce Bochy tried him out in a more featured role in the lineup—No. 5 instead of his usual No. 8. Thankfully, Craw-dawg was promptly switched back to the bottom of the order and appears to be settling in a bit.
Brandon Belt could be the iciest of the struggling trio.
The first baseman has looked lost since coming back from a groin strain, going 1-for-17 across five games and seeing fewer pitches than he’s accustomed to. His struggles are likely attributed to trying to do too much to help the team come out of its funk, which I discussed at length in a post on Thursday.
Though he has stranded ten runners over his last two starts, Belt says he is starting to find his groove, telling Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area: “Honestly, I’m seeing the ball pretty well.”
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