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A night after Giants bats go quiet, Tyler Beede to make MLB debut on Tuesday

A night after Giants bats go quiet, Tyler Beede to make MLB debut on Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO — When he met with the media after Monday’s game, Bruce Bochy wouldn’t say which right-hander would start Tuesday night for the Giants. Half an hour later, after a meeting between Bochy and the front office, Tyler Beede was picked to make his MLB debut. Johnny Cueto will be pushed back a day and start Wednesday. 

Why did the Giants play this one close to the vest all afternoon and night? It’s unclear. But one thing is certain: Beede will need more help than Derek Holland got on Monday night. Cueto will, too. 

Holland struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings, but the Giants made Zack Godley’s curveball look like the best pitch in baseball. They fell 2-1. Through nine games, they have failed to score more than one run in six of them. 

“We’re getting shut down a little more than we should,” Bochy said. 

Godley struck out nine over seven shutout innings. He threw his curveball 47 times and got 15 swinging strikes. Seven other curves fell in for called strikes. His former teammate, Gregor Blanco, was one of the many who struck out. Godley whiffed six the first time through the order. Blanco said he was curious to see what Godley’s out pitch would look like from the batter’s box rather than from behind him. 

“He’s got one of the best curves I’ve seen,” Blanco said. “It looked like a cutter and then all of a sudden it disappeared.”

So, for the most part, has a lineup that was supposed to be rebuilt.

The Giants scored 10 runs against the Mariners on Wednesday and seven against the Dodgers on Saturday. Other than that: 1, 1, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1. 

The futility wasted a strong effort from Holland and two relievers, including rookie Roberto Gomez, who threw two scoreless innings. After the game, Gomez was optioned back to Triple-A to clear a roster spot for Beede. 

Brian Sabean not sure why 'star in the making' Brandon Belt is so polarizing

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Brian Sabean not sure why 'star in the making' Brandon Belt is so polarizing

So far this season, Brandon Belt is hitting .304 with six home runs and 12 RBI.

He boasts a .402 on-base percentage.

"We need him. The guy is a star player in the making," Giants executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "We hope with the strength of a deeper lineup -- which I think in time will prove to be true -- that he's got a lot that can really help this ball club and contribute in a big way."

So why then is Belt so polarizing?

"I'm not sure," Sabean answered. "There are folks that do swing and miss (Belt has struck out 22 times in 20 games). He's kind of a study in contrast. And while I say that, he's probably got one of the best eyes in the big leagues and can work a count, work an at-bat and take a walk with anybody.

"But what I'm seeing this year is that he's getting to more pitches, where in the past he would not put it in play. He's doing that in a big way. There are just some guys for whatever reason don't square up as many balls as you think they would be capable of.

"He's been a work in progress. He's still a young guy and I think that once he finds his power, he'll be a guy that will be very dangerous in anybody's lineup."

Belt was an All-Star in 2016.

The 30-year old is making $16 million this season, and will earn $16 million each year through 2021.

Samardzija, other Giants pitchers need to move on quickly from 15-2 loss

Samardzija, other Giants pitchers need to move on quickly from 15-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ten minutes into his start Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija got a mound visit from manager Bruce Bochy and a member of the training staff. 

His fastball was sitting 89-91 at the time, and given that Samardzija is just two starts removed from a DL stint for a strained pectoral, the concern was understandable. 

"He's fine. We just wanted to check on him at that point," Bochy said. "He said he was fine and as you saw his stuff picked up, which you see sometimes from starting pitchers."

Samardzija did get back to the 93-94 range by the third, which is still a couple ticks from normal for him, but at least isn't concerning. He didn't make it to the fourth, though. A Matt Adams homer put the last three of six runs on his line.

"Just one of those days," Samardzija said. "I've been feeling really good. It just took a little longer today (to get loose). There's really no explanation for it sometimes.

"Obviously it's a little bit of a different script for me right now (coming off the injury). We're going to learn from it and keep getting better and get on to the next one." 

A few Giants need to move on quickly after this one. Josh Osich, coming off a sparkling spring, continued to backslide at the worst possible time. The Giants will need to clear a roster spot for Will Smith next week. Osich was charged with four earned runs. Cory Gearrin walked two of three he faced and cashed in two of Osich's runners. He, too, has fallen down the depth chart a bit.

"They're not on track. O really had some good moments today, lots of swings and misses, but also had trouble getting the ball where he wanted at times," Bochy said. "Cory is battling too much right now instead of going out there and attacking the strike zone. This game is all about confidence and if they get shaken a bit they don't throw the ball with as much conviction."