Diamondbacks vs. Giants lineups: Brandon Belt leads off; Joe Panik hits eighth


Diamondbacks vs. Giants lineups: Brandon Belt leads off; Joe Panik hits eighth

The Diamondbacks are hoping to continue their dominance over the Giants in San Francisco on Friday night. Arizona has a 4-0 record this season at Oracle Park.

Thursday's 5-1 win pushed the D-backs to over .500 and now sit in third place in the NL West. 

Merrill Kelly gets the ball for the D-backs. He's been dominant in his last five starts boasting a 3-1 record with a 2.36 ERA and 0.82 WHIP over that stretch. This will be his first start in San Francisco.

On the other side, Shaun Anderson will get starting honors. The rookie has been rather reliable this season for the Giants, but it's the Giants' bats that need to put in the most work if they want to have any shot at winning.

"We've got to swing the bats," manager Bruce Bochy said following the Thursday night loss. "I mean, three hits, very little action. It's hard to win games like that. Their guy threw a lot of cutters and mixed it up. We just didn't do much with him."

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Giants host the D-backs on Friday night.

Arizona Diamondbacks (42-41)

Adam Jones, RF
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Ketel Marte, 2B
David Peralta, LF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Jake Lamb, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Carson Kelly, C

Merrill Kelly, P (7-7, 3.93 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (34-46)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF
Joe Panik, 2B

Shaun Anderson, P (2-2, 3.94 ERA)


Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves


Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Every part of Johnny Cueto's rehab from Tommy John surgery went according to plan. The first surprise came Saturday. 

Cueto walked five Braves in the Giants' 8-1 loss. For just the second time in his career, he walked at least five and failed to throw more than four innings. 

"I was a little surprised, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been so good to this point."

Cueto also used the word "surprised" in discussing the loss. 

"I felt frustrated," he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I felt really good and felt strong, but on occasion, I felt frustrated because every time I would throw the ball it tailed toward first base."

A little rust is not unusual after a year of rehab, but Cueto had thrown 10 shutout innings in his first two starts and had no issues with command. The Braves got him for four in the second inning, with three walks being issued. All three of those runners scored. 

"Johnny -- rarely, rarely does he beat himself," Bochy said. "It's fair to say he did that tonight."

This wasn't all on Cueto's loss of command. Not even close.

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The Giants were 0-for-SunTrust Park before scratching a lone run across in the seventh inning. They've looked completely overmatched in two games against the NL's second-best team, and they'll need to win out just to finish at .500. The odds are overwhelmingly strong that they end up with a third straight losing season. That can become official as soon as Sunday. 

"We were hoping for a winning season," Bochy said. "We were so close there, and I know we stumbled."

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance


Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

After a night to forget, the Giants will once again take the field in Atlanta against the mighty Braves, who clinched the NL East division title in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night.

Bruce Bochy’s group got a front-row seat to the Ronald Acuna Jr. show, as the superstar 21-year-old reached base all four times he went to the plate, including a towering two-run homer off Tyler Beede.

The Giants will send Jonny Cueto to the mound, who continues to impress in his return from offseason Tommy John surgery. Cueto didn’t factor into the decision but tossed five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his last start at Oracle Park against the Marlins.

Opposite Cueto will be 25-year-old Max Fried, who has had a breakout season in 2019. Fried is second in the NL in wins with 16 on the year.

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Coverage begins at 3:00 PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming in the MyTeams App.

Here are the lineups for Giants-Braves:
San Francisco Giants (74-80)
SS Mauricio Dubon
1B Austin Slater
C Buster Posey
3B Evan Longoria
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Joey Rickard
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Cristhian Adames
RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Atlanta Braves (95-60)
CF Ronald Acuna Jr.
2B Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Josh Donaldson
LF Adam Duvall
C Francisco Cervelli
1B Austin Riley
SS Dansby Swanson
CF Billy Hamilton
LHP Max Fried (16-6, 4.25 ERA)