LOS ANGELES — The Brandons were both at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, but neither one was in the lineup for the second game of a series with the Dodgers.
Brandon Crawford was doing much better a day after going in the concussion protocol and avoided a trip to the disabled list, but the Giants wanted to give him a full day off to recover. Brandon Belt was activated after missing 17 games with a hyperextended knee, but Bruce Bochy went with Buster Posey at first base and Nick Hundley, Monday’s star, behind the plate.
Belt is expected to return to his everyday role as soon as Wednesday, with Austin Slater sliding over to left. As for Crawford, the Giants are being cautious, and with another day off on Thursday, they can stretch this out a bit. They did get good news, though, as Crawford was able to go through a full pre-game workout Tuesday with no apparent issues. He took BP on the field with his teammates.
“He’s feeling a lot better,” Bochy said. “We’re still not going to play him (tonight).”
Crawford ran into Gorkys Hernandez on Monday as the two chased a pop-up down the left field line. Hernandez stayed in the game and was feeling fine Tuesday.
To clear a roster spot for Belt, the Giants optioned right-hander Pierce Johnson back to Triple-A Sacramento.
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was one step forward, one step back for the Giants lineup.
Evan Longoria came off the disabled list before Thursday's game, but Brandon Belt was put on the DL with a hyperextended right knee. Belt injured his knee while running to first on Wednesday and was removed from the game against the Mariners. This is his second time on the DL this season.
The Giants also recalled Chris Stratton to serve as a long reliever, optioning Kelby Tomlinson back to Triple-A.
Longoria hasn't played since June 14, when he fractured his fifth metacarpal. He played four rehab games with the Sacramento River Cats and was eager to return. The Giants had a bit more urgency to add him to the roster after Belt's injury. Pablo Sandoval, who had been playing third base, can slide over to first to fill in for Belt.
The flurry came with a quirk. The Giants originally optioned Ty Blach to the minors after Wednesday's game, but Blach was brought back hours later because the team decided to clear a spot by instead putting Belt on the disabled list.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants and Mariners split two games at AT&T Park in early April. A series at Safeco Field proved to be just as even.
A night after the Giants swiped a win in the late innings, the Mariners did so. They played small-ball for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Tony Watson walked Guillermo Heredia and Dee Gordon bunted him to second. Sam Dyson entered and Jean Segura immediately bounced one up the middle to bring Heredia home.
Edwin Diaz closed out the 3-2 win out in the ninth, keeping the Giants from gaining a game on the first-place Dodgers, who lost in Philadelphia earlier in the day. Here's what else you need to know ...
— Brandon Belt had to be helped off the field after injuring his right knee while running to first base in the seventh inning. There was no clear moment where Belt got hurt, but he grimaced after he hit the bag and then doubled over briefly after reaching second base. Belt was replaced by Chase d’Arnaud, who scored the Giants’ first run on a bloop off Denard Span’s glove.
— The second run also came on a bloop. Hunter Pence dropped one into shallow right field, a couple feet in front of Mitch Haniger, and Brandon Crawford raced home from second. It was a good series for Pence, who hit a long homer Tuesday night.
— The Giants did absolutely nothing in the first five innings, with former Giant Mike Leake throwing 12-or-fewer pitches in each frame and allowing just one hit. Pence and Nick Hundley reached to lead off the sixth, but Steven Duggar grounded out to first, and Alen Hanson and Andrew McCutchen struck out. Those were Leake’s first two strikeouts of the day.
— Derek Holland waited 15 days between starts, and he had another good one. Holland allowed two runs — one earned — in six innings, lowering his ERA to 3.92. He struck out four, passing 1,000 for his career. Holland will get a couple weeks, at the minimum, back in the rotation after Jeff Samardzija’s latest setback, and he certainly looks capable of being a strength.