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Very good dog shows off skateboarding skills at Giants game

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Very good dog shows off skateboarding skills at Giants game

In the Giants' prior five games to Friday night's win over the Pirates, the team won just one game to four losses while scoring a total of 13 runs. Things changed Friday night. 

The Giants' offense exploded for 13 runs Friday night, matching their total of the previous five games, and the bats were alive right away with 11 runs in the first five innings.

We think we know what the difference was -- Rally Skateboarding Dog. Yes, really. 

The Angels had the Rally Monkey when they beat the Giants in the 2002 World Seies. Can the Giants have the Rally Skateboarding Dog? 

This needs to happen. Even if it doesn't, this is a very good doggo. 

Giants present spunky new lineup vs. Rockies, but it's not enough in loss

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Giants present spunky new lineup vs. Rockies, but it's not enough in loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a different look on Wednesday afternoon, and for three innings it was a pretty spunky one.

Bruce Bochy went with lefties -- mostly not the familiar ones -- atop the lineup and the Giants had some success against tough right-handed pitcher German Marquez, who nearly no-hit them earlier this year. It wasn't enough to overcome a grand slam given up by Jeff Samardzija, but as Bochy desperately searches for solutions at Oracle Park, perhaps he has stumbled onto something. 

Brandon Belt hit leadoff and the plan is for that to continue for a few more games, at least. Mike Yastrzemski hit second and scored in the first before doubling while leading off the fifth. Pablo Sandoval had an RBI double and solo homer while hitting third. Alex Dickerson had an RBI double in the two-run first and later drew a walk. Stephen Vogt, batting fifth, had hits in his first two at-bats. 

This is not at all what the Giants planned. Belt hit leadoff one time in his career before Tuesday. Yastrzemski and Vogt started the season in Triple-A and Dickerson was with the Padres. Sandoval, who has turned into Bochy's most dangerous hitter, ended a nervous spring thinking he would get mostly pinch-hit at-bats. 

But for about an hour there Wednesday, the lineup looked somewhat dangerous and worked Marquez hard. Bochy said he could take a look at that lefty-hitting group again depending on the matchups. 

"We had some great at-bats," he said. "We hit a lot of balls hard. I thought it was one of our better days offensively even though we only scored three runs."

The Giants will wait and see what they have in Yastrzemski and Dickerson, and while Vogt has seen more time of late, he won't be supplanting Buster Posey. Belt is the one with easily the tightest hold on a starting job, but Sandoval may not be far behind now given his play. He has started 13 games in June and isn't slowing down. The homer tied him with Kevin Pillar for the team lead at 10, and the double left the bat at 114.7 mph, a season-high for the Giants. The OPS is back above .900. 

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"He's got his rhythm and timing right now," Bochy said. "He's seeing the ball well and it's jumping off the bat."

Sandoval will continue to see time near the top of the order. Given where the team is, the rest of the guys who made up the upper half Wednesday probably should, too. 

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Alex Dickerson hits cleanup in series finale

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Alex Dickerson hits cleanup in series finale

Jeff Samardzija already shut down the Rockies at Oracle Park once this season, and he'll look to duplicate that Wednesday afternoon.

The Giants will hand the ball to the right-hander in the series finale against the Rockies, Colorado will counter with German Marquez.

After dropping the first game of the series, the Giants bounced back with a 4-2 win Tuesday night behind Madison Bumgarner's 11-strikeout performance. 

Bruce Bochy's lineup will feature Brandon Belt back at the top, with the red-hot Alex Dickerson batting cleanup behind Pablo Sandoval.

Here are the full lineups for Wednesday's Giants-Rockies game at Oracle Park.

First pitch for Rockies-Giants is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. PT, with pregame coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco (34-44)
Brandon Belt, 1B
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Stephen Vogt, C
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Joe Panik, 2B
Jeff Samardzija, RHP (4-6, 4.23 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies (41-38)
Charlie Blackmon, RF
David Dahl, CF
Nolan Arenado, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Raimel Tapia, LF
Ryan McMahon, 2B
Tony Wolters, C
Garrett Hampson, SS
German Marquez, RHP (7-3, 4.32 ERA)