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Giants bats go cold in narrow loss to D-backs

Bochy says team plans to call up outfield prospect to inject life in offense
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PHOENIX -- Discussing and dissecting a team's hitting problems is as old as baseball itself. But when a manager such as the Giants' Bruce Bochy cites a lack of offense as the primary flaw that separates his club from the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, attention must be paid.

Following Arizona's 3-1 victory Thursday night over the Giants, Bochy pointed to an extremely basic statistic -- batting average with runners in scoring position -- to illustrate the difference between the teams. The D-backs captured the series, winning twice in three games, They're 13-5, compared to the Giants' 7-11.

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PHOENIX -- Discussing and dissecting a team's hitting problems is as old as baseball itself. But when a manager such as the Giants' Bruce Bochy cites a lack of offense as the primary flaw that separates his club from the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, attention must be paid.

Following Arizona's 3-1 victory Thursday night over the Giants, Bochy pointed to an extremely basic statistic -- batting average with runners in scoring position -- to illustrate the difference between the teams. The D-backs captured the series, winning twice in three games, They're 13-5, compared to the Giants' 7-11.

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Yet Bochy believed that it wouldn't take much for San Francisco to close the gap. Upgrading their hitting with men on second base or beyond would be a start. Because, right now, the Giants rank last in the Major Leagues with a .154 batting average in those situations.

"That's not going to work," Bochy said. He also promised, "It will pick up, sooner or later."

Trying to accelerate this process, Bochy announced that outfielder Mac Williamson, who has remained one of baseball's hottest hitters since Spring Training, has left Triple-A Sacramento and will join the Giants in Anaheim on Friday. Specific terms of Williamson's promotion have yet to be finalized. But with left fielder Hunter Pence enduring a sore right wrist and batting .172, it's easy to envision Williamson replacing him.

Video: SF@ARI: Crawford makes smooth barehanded grab, throw

"Mostly he's coming up because he's been swinging the bat well. We hope he can be a shot in the arm for this offense," Bochy said of Williamson, who's batting .467 with six home runs, 16 RBIs and an otherworldly 1.626 OPS in 11 games. That followed a Spring Training performance in which Williamson hit .318 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and a 1.061 OPS.

Pence has been ailing since he made a diving attempt to catch a drive hit by Seattle's Robinson Cano in the April 3 home opener.

"It's going backwards. It's not getting better," Pence said.

Any surge in the Giants' offense probably will involve Brandon Belt. His second-inning homer accounted for the Giants' scoring. Belt batted with two outs in the ninth after Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey singled, but he fouled out to third base against D-backs closer Brad Boxberger.

The Giants wasted another respectable pitching performance, this one by Ty Blach (1-3). Blach worked six innings and allowed six hits, including David Peralta's third-inning RBI single and A.J. Pollock's sixth-inning homer. Ketel Marte contributed a seventh-inning homer off Giants reliever Reyes Moronta to help Arizona's cause.

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It's unfair to expect perfection from Giants pitchers while the team is stuck offensively. Nevertheless, the Giants appeared to be -- and indeed were -- finished competitively once Pollock connected for his sixth-inning homer. That scratched Blach from the list of pitchers to have logged at least 20 innings without allowing a homer. Giants starters Johnny Cueto and Chris Stratton remain on this list.

Video: SF@ARI: Pollock smashes a solo home run to left

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The trajectory and majesty of Belt's homer should have been impressive. And, in fact, it was his sixth-longest since Statcast™'s inception in 2015, traveling a projected 429 feet. Combined with his extra-inning, game-winning clout on Wednesday, Belt hit two homers in successive at-bats.

Video: SF@ARI: Belt launches a solo home run to right

UP NEXT
The Giants return to Interleague play Friday with the opener of a three-game series against the Angels. Freshly removed from the disabled list, Jeff Samardzija will try to avoid the injury bug (strained right pectoral) that forced to miss nearly a month of the season. He'll be opposed by left-hander Andrew Heaney.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Bochy reveals earliest Bumgarner could return

Lefty might be back in Giants' rotation by late May after suffering fractured hand
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PHOENIX -- If all proceeds well for Madison Bumgarner, the Giants ace could be back in the club's rotation by late May.

That was the estimated time frame for Bumgarner's return as cited by manager Bruce Bochy after the left-hander had three pins removed from his fractured throwing hand Thursday. Bochy mentioned May 25 to reporters as a suggested date for when Bumgarner might be ready to pitch -- but it was not meant as a scheduled day for the hurler's comeback appearance.

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PHOENIX -- If all proceeds well for Madison Bumgarner, the Giants ace could be back in the club's rotation by late May.

That was the estimated time frame for Bumgarner's return as cited by manager Bruce Bochy after the left-hander had three pins removed from his fractured throwing hand Thursday. Bochy mentioned May 25 to reporters as a suggested date for when Bumgarner might be ready to pitch -- but it was not meant as a scheduled day for the hurler's comeback appearance.

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Bumgarner now will work his way toward having the productive season that appeared imminent for him until Kansas City's Whit Merrifield hit a line drive off his hand on March 23. Bumgarner had a 1.05 WHIP with 30 strikeouts and four walks in 21 Spring Training innings.

Bochy also told reporters that right-hander Mark Melancon, who's on the disabled list with a strained elbow flexor, should be able to begin playing catch in about a week.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Belt HRs again, a night after hitting his 100th

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PHOENIX -- Many observers continue to wait for Brandon Belt to have a breakthrough season with power production. If the past 24 hours are any indication, they might not have to wait much longer.

Belt homered to lead off the second inning against Arizona ace Zack Greinke in Thursday's 3-1 loss. Combined with Belt's game-winning homer in Wednesday's 10th inning, the Giants first baseman recorded homers in back-to-back plate appearances.

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PHOENIX -- Many observers continue to wait for Brandon Belt to have a breakthrough season with power production. If the past 24 hours are any indication, they might not have to wait much longer.

Belt homered to lead off the second inning against Arizona ace Zack Greinke in Thursday's 3-1 loss. Combined with Belt's game-winning homer in Wednesday's 10th inning, the Giants first baseman recorded homers in back-to-back plate appearances.

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Belt matched a career high with 18 home runs last year despite missing the season's final 51 games with a concussion.

Belt, Evan Longoria and Joe Panik share the team lead in homers with three apiece.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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NL West: Checking in on the new guys

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SAN DIEGO -- Yes, Matt Kemp and Chris Iannetta really are impacting the Dodgers and Rockies, respectively. We swear it's 2018.

There are plenty of new faces in the National League West, and a handful of new old faces as well. All of them are sure to play pivotal roles in what figures to be one of the sport's tightest division races.

SAN DIEGO -- Yes, Matt Kemp and Chris Iannetta really are impacting the Dodgers and Rockies, respectively. We swear it's 2018.

There are plenty of new faces in the National League West, and a handful of new old faces as well. All of them are sure to play pivotal roles in what figures to be one of the sport's tightest division races.

Three weeks into the Major League season, it's worth examining the performances of a few prominent newcomers in the NL West. Here's a breakdown of the early results and future expectations for the big-name new guy on each club.

D-backs
Who's the new guy? Right-hander Brad Boxberger

How's it going so far? Boxberger has been everything the D-backs hoped for when they acquired him from the Rays in December. The right-hander won the closer's job during Spring Training, beating out Archie Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano. Arizona likes his downward-plane fastball as well as his changeup, which he has shown the willingness to throw in any count.

Video: ARI@LAD: Boxberger induces pop out to notch the save

What's on deck? Durability has been a question for Boxberger as he missed significant time in each of the past two seasons due to a variety of injuries. This spring he experienced a tired arm, and the D-backs have been careful with his workload. The presence of Bradley and Hirano have made it easier to stay away from Boxberger on the couple of occasions when they've wanted to give him a break.

Number to know: Boxberger is 5-for-5 in save opportunities over eight appearances. He allowed his first two runs Wednesday night against San Francisco, but he's struck out 11, and opponents are hitting just .179 against him.

Dodgers
Who's the new guy? Outfielder Matt Kemp

How's it going so far? Better than everyone thought it would. There have been zero signs of perceived bad attitude from Kemp's first Dodgers stint, which was mostly bluster anyway. He has been healthy -- not to be overlooked with Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe on the disabled list. Kemp is no longer Gold Glover Award-caliber, but he hasn't done anything terribly wrong in the outfield, either. A solid acquisition -- so far.

Video: LAD@SD: Kemp crushes a two-run homer in the 1st

What's on deck? Can Kemp keep it up? He's already been starting more than the club originally indicated, and he does have a history of hip and leg injuries. Manager Dave Roberts will continue to replace Kemp when the club leads, both to improve the defense and preserve his health. Kemp strikes out a lot, but opponents still must respect the bat.

Number to know: Kemp's .981 OPS is better than Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor and everyone in the starting lineup other than Yasmani Grandal.

Giants
Who are the new guys? Third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder Andrew McCutchen

How's it going so far?
The Giants' prized offseason acquisitions slumped out of the gate, both lingering around the Mendoza Line early on. Longoria, however, appears to have turned a corner, with four multihit games in his past five. McCutchen, meanwhile, has done very little since his six-hit night against the Dodgers (which included a dramatic walk-off home run).

Video: SF@ARI: Longoria launches a two-run home run to left

What's on deck?
San Francisco is committed to letting Longoria and McCutchen figure things out at the plate, banking on their combined 21 seasons of big league experience shining through in the long run.

Video: LAD@SF: McCutchen's walk-off homer caps a six-hit day

Number to know: Neither McCutchen nor Longoria has ever posted a season with an OPS+ at or below 100 (meaning they've been above league average every year they've spent in the Majors). Right now, both are well below that mark.

Padres
Who's the new guy? First baseman Eric Hosmer

How's it going so far? Hosmer was off to a hot start before missing a couple games with lower-back tightness. He's fallen into a bit of a rut, going 2-for-21 over the past week. But Hosmer launched his first homer as a Padre at Petco Park on Wednesday night -- a rally-starting solo shot off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Defensively, his mishap in Houston grabbed plenty of headlines, but he's been rock-solid otherwise.

Video: LAD@SD: Hosmer crushes a solo homer off Jansen

What's on deck? Hosmer will continue hitting third, and he's going to anchor first base for the next five years, at least. (Hosmer's eight-year deal with an option after the first five was the largest in team history.) Soon enough, Wil Myers will return from the DL to help comprise a formidable middle of the lineup alongside Hosmer.

Number to know: Hosmer's 61-percent ground-ball rate ranks sixth in the Majors. He's seen a bit of good fortune -- as evidenced from his .348 batting average on balls in play. But Hosmer has done his part to hit the ball hard enough to find holes.

Rockies
Who's the new guy? Catcher Chris Iannetta

How's it going so far? Iannetta, who broke in with the Rockies in 2006, was brought in for defense and to nurture a young pitching staff. His impact bat has been a bonus. Iannetta has slugged .434 with three doubles and two homers. With the rest of the lineup struggling, he's filled in at the No. 2 spot.

Video: COL@PIT: Iannetta belts a solo homer to left

What's on deck? Even if the slugging declines, Iannetta's pitch-calling and leadership won't. If the offensive output continues over the full season, that's even better for Colorado.

Number to know: Iannetta posted a .953 OPS during the Rockies' first homestand of the season. Colorado begins a six-game stretch at Coors Field on Friday against the Cubs.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Belt's 10th-inning blast lifts Giants to win

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PHOENIX -- Brandon Belt presented his mother, Janice, with the ball he hit for his 100th career home run on Wednesday to help the Giants outlast the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2.

After all, a special person deserves a reminder of a special milestone.

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PHOENIX -- Brandon Belt presented his mother, Janice, with the ball he hit for his 100th career home run on Wednesday to help the Giants outlast the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2.

After all, a special person deserves a reminder of a special milestone.

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"Hopefully the next 100 will come around a lot quicker," Belt said.

Numerous other Giants deserved to write home to Mom after they ended the club's four-game losing streak.

The canny cast of characters included Chris Stratton, who surrendered one run in seven innings; the relievers, who combined to leave seven runners on base in the final four innings; and Evan Longoria, who smacked a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the sixth and continued to prove that he really is ready to regain his status as an offensive force.

Video: SF@ARI: Longoria launches a two-run home run to left

Start with the pitching, which was airtight. Stratton set the pace by allowing just five hits, walking none and striking out eighth. He's virtually certain to maintain a spot in the starting rotation even after Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija return from their respective injuries.

"He's one of our guys," manager Bruce Bochy said of Stratton.

Video: SF@ARI: Stratton K's eight over seven strong frames

Tony Watson coaxed a key double play in the eighth, shrugging off allowing his first run of the year and absorbing the defeat in Tuesday's series opener. Hunter Strickland allowed a ninth-inning run, but got the game to extra innings. Cory Gearrin also allowed a run, but contained the D-backs in the 10th, earning the save.

Video: SF@ARI: Gearrin gets save with bases loaded

This roller coaster trend also affected the defense. Center fielder Austin Jackson missed a try for a shoestring catch on Paul Goldschmidt's leadoff drive in the ninth, but atoned for it by running down Daniel Descalso's drive later in the inning.

SOUND SMART
Belt's most famous extra-inning homer occurred in the 18th inning of Game 2 of the 2014 National League Division Series at Washington.

UP NEXT
Ty Blach will make his fifth start of the season on Thursday at 6:40 PT when the Giants conclude their series against the D-backs. Blach will oppose Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who has an uncharacteristic ERA of 5.29 entering the start.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Longoria hammers HR coming off ankle injury

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PHOENIX -- Evan Longoria continued to show signs of his offensive thaw during Wednesday night's Giants-Diamondbacks encounter, clobbering a sixth-inning, two-run homer to open the scoring.

San Francisco won, 4-3, on Brandon Belt's two-run homer in the 10th inning.

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PHOENIX -- Evan Longoria continued to show signs of his offensive thaw during Wednesday night's Giants-Diamondbacks encounter, clobbering a sixth-inning, two-run homer to open the scoring.

San Francisco won, 4-3, on Brandon Belt's two-run homer in the 10th inning.

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It was Longoria's third homer of the season, tying him with Joe Panik for the team lead.

The Giants third baseman collected two hits in each of the final two games of the team's previous series in San Diego.

Then, after resting a sore left ankle on Tuesday, Longoria returned to slap three hits, including a two-run homer off D-backs starter Robbie Ray, to help the Giants to victory.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Cueto dazzles as Giants fall, avoid being no-hit

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PHOENIX -- Having participated in two superb pitching performances Tuesday, the Giants tried to focus on the long-term ramifications of one, while downplaying the short-term effects of the other.

They reveled in Johnny Cueto's two-hit, 11-strikeout effort in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But they declined to crow about Arizona's Patrick Corbin, whose complete-game one-hitter proved to be the dominant force in the Giants' 1-0 defeat.

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PHOENIX -- Having participated in two superb pitching performances Tuesday, the Giants tried to focus on the long-term ramifications of one, while downplaying the short-term effects of the other.

They reveled in Johnny Cueto's two-hit, 11-strikeout effort in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But they declined to crow about Arizona's Patrick Corbin, whose complete-game one-hitter proved to be the dominant force in the Giants' 1-0 defeat.

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As dominant as Corbin looked, particularly while he no-hit the Giants for 7 2/3 innings, each out he recorded prolonged the futility of San Francisco's offense. The Giants have scored one or fewer runs in nine games this season, the most in the Major Leagues. San Francisco's disappointing .158 batting average with runners in scoring position entering the night remained constant, primarily because Corbin didn't allow a Giant to stray as far as second base.

The Giants tried to content themselves with Cueto' magnificence in his first start since April 4. Shortly afterward, a sprained left ankle sent him to the disabled list. But the injury was never considered serious, as Cueto demonstrated against the D-backs. He struck out at least one batter in every inning, and was never seriously threatened.

"I tried to do my own thing," Cueto said. "The changeup was my go-to pitch, but everything else was working just fine."

Video: SF@ARI: Cueto K's Peralta swinging in the 1st inning

First baseman Brandon Belt had an on-field view of Cueto's evening, talking after the game about his performance.

"If we get ballgames out of Johnny like we did tonight, he's going to win us a lot of baseball games," he said. "It's just unfortunate that the other guy pitched a great ballgame, too."

Belt nagged Corbin all night. He nearly recorded the Giants' first hit in the third inning, long before no-hit thoughts danced in everybody's heads. The ball couldn't quite escape the overshifted infield, however, and third baseman Daniel Descalso made the play.

Video: SF@ARI: Descalso lays out for a diving stop in shift

The D-backs shifted for Belt again in the eighth inning, but their infielders could do nothing with the check-swing grounder up the third-base line.

"It happens sometimes," Belt said. "The shift takes a lot of hits away, but every now and then, it'll give one back."

The Giants' inability to score left opportunity in the D-backs' hands. They capitalized on the chance to break the scoreless tie, as David Peralta grounded a single to center field off Giants left-hander Tony Watson with two outs in their half of the eighth to score Jarrod Dyson.

Video: SF@ARI: Peralta's single opens the scoring in the 8th

According to STATS, the last time the Giants went hitless for at least 7 2/3 innings in a game without being no-hit, was on Sept. 4, 1995, against the Expos. Carlos Perez threw 6 2/3 innings and Gil Heredia added an inning, before Glenallen Hill singled. 

STATS also pointed out that the Giants hadn't gone hitless for at least 7 2/3 innings against a single pitcher without actually being no-hit since Aug. 20, 1986, against the Phillies, when Don Carman befuddled them. Bob Brenly doubled to lead off the ninth inning.

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In a sense, the fact that Watson yielded a run was monumental. He entered the game unscored upon in 6 2/3 innings spanning six appearances. He had allowed opponents four hits in 24 at-bats (good for a .167 average). Watson was nearly perfect, yet there was no way that could last.

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Credit the Giants for striving to win until the very end. Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley drove Corbin's final delivery to left field, where it briefly appeared that Peralta would miss the ball. That would have resulted in at least a double for Hundley. But Peralta turned to adjust his route, and made the grab.

Video: SF@ARI: Corbin induces lineout, one-hits Giants

THEY SAID IT
"He was making his slider look like his fastball. I think if you can do that, you're going to be tough every night." -- Belt, on Corbin.

UP NEXT
The Giants resume their series vs. the D-backs on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. PT as right-hander Chris Stratton opposes Arizona lefty Robbie Ray, who is fast becoming a Giant-killer. Ray is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last four starts against San Francisco.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Longoria (ankle) scratched; Sandoval at 3B

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PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Evan Longoria experienced a recurrence of the left ankle injury that nagged him during Spring Training, forcing him to be scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs won, 1-0.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he expected Longoria to miss perhaps the next two games.

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PHOENIX -- Giants third baseman Evan Longoria experienced a recurrence of the left ankle injury that nagged him during Spring Training, forcing him to be scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs won, 1-0.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he expected Longoria to miss perhaps the next two games.

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Pablo Sandoval replaced Longoria, both at third base and in the fifth spot in the batting order. The switch-hitting Sandoval entered the game batting .250 overall (4-for-16), but only .143 (1-for-7) against lefties. He will face a southpaw in D-backs Tuesday night starter Patrick Corbin.

Longoria, who rested his ankle during the second week of Spring Training, sustained what Bochy called a "tweak," as the three-time All-Star stood in the batter's box, tracking Derek Holland's pitches during a throwing session between starts.

Longoria entered Tuesday batting .204 (11-for-54), while starting 14 of San Francisco's first 15 games at third base. However, he had surged lately, batting .368 (7-for-19) with three doubles and a home run during the past five games.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Wednesday's best: Twins duo comes up big

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

When things are going well offensively, more at-bats are certainly welcomed. That being the case, Wednesday's doubleheader came at a good time for Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade as the duo helped lead Double-A Chattanooga to a pair of wins over Jacksonville.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

When things are going well offensively, more at-bats are certainly welcomed. That being the case, Wednesday's doubleheader came at a good time for Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade as the duo helped lead Double-A Chattanooga to a pair of wins over Jacksonville.

Gordon (No. 81 overall, Twins' No. 4) and Wade (Twins' No. 13) combined to go 7-for-12 (.583) with two homers and four RBIs over the two games.

Gordon, who went 2-for-4 and 2-for-3, has been swinging a particuarily hot bat lately. The 22-year-old is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak and has two or more hits in five of his past seven games. Gordon also has a homer in two of his past three contests, including Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Wade, who went deep in Game 1 and finished 2-for-3 and 1-for-2, is hitting .300 through 12 games this season and has multiple hits in three of his past five games.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) bounced back from Tuesday's 0-for-5 effort with a 2-for-2 day at the plate. Guerrero singled in the first inning, drove in a run via a sacrifice fly in the third, was hit by a pitch in the sixth and capped his day with a double in the seventh.

Video: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. named No. 3 prospect

• No. 33 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers' No. 2) is on an absolute tear with Triple-A Oklahoma City. After going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs against Round Rock, the 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .643 (9-for-14) with three homers and nine RBIs over his past five games.

• No. 57 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays' No. 4) put together his fourth straight multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to six for Class A Advanced Charlotte. Sanchez, who is batting .370 through 12 games, went 4-for-5 with a homer -- his third in the past four games.

• No. 97 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves' No. 8) pushed his average to .370 with his third straight multi-hit performance. Riley went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and has nine extra-base hits in 13 games for Double-A Mississippi.

Video: Top Prospects: Austin Riley, 3B, Braves

• No. 99 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) and Micker Adolfo (White Sox No. 10) combined for six hits as Class A Advanced Winston-Salem cruised past Down East. Rutherford, who has hits in five straight, went 3-for-5 with three doubles, while Adolfo went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.

Dodgers' No. 15 prospect Connor Wong hit his sixth homer of the season and turned in another two-hit game for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Wong, who finished 2-for-4, has multiple hits in four of his past five games and has raised his average from .250 to .364 in that span.

Giants' No. 29 prospect Jordan Johnson extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings as he cruised through seven frames for Double-A Richmond. The right-hander, who picked up his second win of the season, threw 53 of his 76 pitches for strikes, gave up six hits and struck out five. Johnson also didn't issue a walk and has walked just one batter over his past two starts after giving out five free passes in his first outing.

• Mets prospects David Peterson (No. 2) and Quinn Brodey (No. 28) -- both members of the 2017 Draft class -- led Class A Columbia to a win over Greenville. Peterson, making his season debut, gave up one run on four hits over six innings, while Brodey extended his hitting streak to seven games with his first career two-homer effort. Brodey, who hit three homers in 63 games last season, went deep in both the eighth and ninth innings, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Video: Top Prospects: David Peterson, LHP, Mets

• Rangers prospects Pedro Gonzalez (No. 10) and Anderson Tejeda (No. 12) each homered as part of multi-hit efforts for Class A Hickory and Class A Advanced Down East, respectively. Gonzalez hit his second homer of the season, a two-run blast, in the fifth to highlight a 2-for-3, two-RBI day. Tejeda, who also went 2-for-3, hit a three-run homer off of Dylan Cease (No. 61 overall, White Sox No. 5).

• Rays No. 28 prospect Resly Linares was nearly perfect in his second start for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first outing of the season, but this time around he threw 52 of his 85 pitches for strikes, struck out seven and allowed just two baserunners -- via a hit batter and an error -- over seven scoreless frames.

• Yankees prospects Thairo Estrada (No. 10) and Trevor Stephan (No. 15) did their part as Class A Advanced Tampa routed Daytona, 12-0. Estrada, who was making his season debut after recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in the offseason, wasted no time getting back into the swing of things. The 22-year-old doubled in his first at-bat on his way to a 3-for-5 game. Stephan strung together six zeros for the second straight start, lowering his ERA to 1.13. The right-hander walked two, gave up a pair of hits and struck out eight, bringing his season total to 22 punchouts through 16 innings.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Inbox: When will reliever Smith return to Giants?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from fans
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I haven't heard anything lately on Will Smith's progress. What is his latest timetable for rejoining the active roster?
-- Lou T., Santa Rosa, Calif.

Smith made his second Minor League injury rehabilitation appearance with Class A Advanced San Jose on Sunday. Facing the Stockton Ports, Smith struck out two batters while allowing a run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning (22 pitches). His recovery from Tommy John surgery has proceeded without any known setbacks. Thus, his return very well could be imminent.

I haven't heard anything lately on Will Smith's progress. What is his latest timetable for rejoining the active roster?
-- Lou T., Santa Rosa, Calif.

Smith made his second Minor League injury rehabilitation appearance with Class A Advanced San Jose on Sunday. Facing the Stockton Ports, Smith struck out two batters while allowing a run and two hits in two-thirds of an inning (22 pitches). His recovery from Tommy John surgery has proceeded without any known setbacks. Thus, his return very well could be imminent.

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I still want to know what was going through general manager Bobby Evans' head when he traded Christian Arroyo for Evan Longoria. Watching this year has only validated my concern over that poorly thought-out disaster of a trade. I am not satisfied with the answer I received before. I would still like to know who thought that was a good idea, and how they are currently employed. Don't get me wrong. I love the Giants, but my love for the team is why I am so upset over this terrible trade. Thank you.
-- Andy N., Reno, Nev.

It's impossible for me to tell you exactly who furthered the evolution of this trade. In deals of this magnitude -- featuring the face of a franchise (Longoria) being exchanged for one or more top prospects (Arroyo) -- more than just the usual consensus of baseball executives get involved. In other words, I'm sure that president and CEO Larry Baer was consulted and that director of baseball operations Brian Sabean and his top advisers had their say. Knowing the personalities involved, I imagine that some spirited debate must have occurred.

The Giants wanted a power-hitting position player who could contribute immediately. Remember, this organization is perpetually in "win-now" mode. The club's hierarchy believed that Longoria's potential short-term benefit, as a player who reached or exceeded 20 homers in nine of his 10 seasons with Tampa Bay, extended beyond what Arroyo could bring them. Adding a power bat while staying below the $197 million payroll tax threshold obviously was a concern for the Giants, who found it convenient to acquire a big bat with an established price tag -- albeit an expensive one. Longoria is signed through 2022 at approximately $16 million annually.

I fully understand your unhappiness with the trade. Under ideal circumstances, the Giants would have kept Arroyo and allowed him more of an opportunity to develop. That said, give Longoria more of a chance. He's still adjusting to his new environment, on and off the field. I believe that once he settles in a little more, he can be an asset.

Do the Giants see Julian Fernandez as their future closer?
-- Joaquin M., Clovis, Calif.

Quite possibly. Fernandez stuck around in Spring Training a lot longer than previous Rule 5 picks. Granted, that's not saying much, because the Giants rarely select anybody in the Rule 5 Draft. And that's just it: The effort the Giants devoted toward obtaining Fernandez and working with him during spring demonstrated his legitimacy as a prospect. When you consider closer candidates of the future, don't forget about Reyes Moronta, either.

The Giants have a few outfield prospects who appear to be on the verge of cracking the everyday lineup. I'm thinking of Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar and Austin Slater. Where do these four rank in the collective thinking of the Giants' decision-makers?
-- Gerald L., Columbus, Ind.

They rank highly enough to the extent that we might see all four of them perform in a San Francisco uniform before the end of the season. Having sustained his Spring Training excellence into the regular season with Triple-A Sacramento, Williamson probably would be the first farmhand promoted if an injury sidelined one of the starting corner outfielders. Slater, ranked No. 5 among Giants prospects, offers versatility and thus could be another leading option for a callup. Shaw (No. 2), the organization's top power-hitting prospect, and Duggar (No. 3), envisioned as the leadoff hitter of the future, probably won't land in San Francisco until the organization is sure that they can reach the big leagues to stay.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Executive Access talks success with Sabean

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Brian Sabean began his career as a scout with the New York Yankees in the mid-1980s, playing a key role in the drafting and signing of future stars including Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

Sabean would stay with the Yankees for nearly a decade before moving to San Francisco, joining the Giants in 1993 before becoming their general manager in 1996. The Giants have claimed three World Series titles under his watch, winning in 2010, '12 and '14.

Brian Sabean began his career as a scout with the New York Yankees in the mid-1980s, playing a key role in the drafting and signing of future stars including Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

Sabean would stay with the Yankees for nearly a decade before moving to San Francisco, joining the Giants in 1993 before becoming their general manager in 1996. The Giants have claimed three World Series titles under his watch, winning in 2010, '12 and '14.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand recently sat down with Sabean in his office to discuss dealing with criticism, the Barry Bonds era, his successful run with manager Bruce Bochy and much more.

On Executive Access, MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand provides a unique look at the people building Major League teams by engaging in candid interviews with front-office personnel from around MLB. Each week, you'll find out how they broke into the game, why they do what they do and how they envision the future of baseball. Look out for new episodes on Mondays. Download, subscribe and help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite platform.

Beede's progress to continue in Minors

Giants prospect strikes out 6 but allows 5 runs in loss to Padres
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SAN DIEGO -- Tyler Beede proved he can strike out Major League hitters. Sustaining a thorough effort against them must wait for another time, as the Giants' 10-1 loss Sunday to the Padres demonstrated.

The Padres treated Beede like the novice he was, scoring five runs off him in 3 2/3 innings. Three of the six hits he yielded were doubles. A two-out walk he issued in the third inning generated a pair of Padres runs. The right-hander did amass six strikeouts, which gave him something positive to cling to.

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SAN DIEGO -- Tyler Beede proved he can strike out Major League hitters. Sustaining a thorough effort against them must wait for another time, as the Giants' 10-1 loss Sunday to the Padres demonstrated.

The Padres treated Beede like the novice he was, scoring five runs off him in 3 2/3 innings. Three of the six hits he yielded were doubles. A two-out walk he issued in the third inning generated a pair of Padres runs. The right-hander did amass six strikeouts, which gave him something positive to cling to.

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"My stuff plays," said Beede, the Giants' No. 1 selection in the 2014 Draft. "It's just a matter of being more polished later in the count."

Not surprisingly, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced after the club's third straight defeat that Beede would be optioned back down to Triple-A Sacramento. There, he can continue his development and gain more of an understanding of what he tried to do in two starts with the Giants. Besides, Johnny Cueto will rejoin the starting rotation Tuesday and Jeff Samardzija will shortly follow. The Giants have no need for Beede right now, especially in his current state.

Bochy said Beede will focus on the bookends of pitching: getting ahead of hitters more frequently in the count, and then putting them away. This is particularly a must with runners on base.

"That's when you have to make your pitches," Bochy said. "We were living in the heart of the plate. That doesn't work."

Not much worked for Beede. Christian Villanueva doubled home two runs in the third inning before Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis drilled consecutive run-scoring hits in the fourth, finishing Beede -- but only temporarily.

Video: SF@SD: Galvis rips an RBI single to center field

"I have a lot of confidence coming out of these two starts," Beede said. "It's just a matter of going down there and refining some things."

Other aspects of the Giants' performance looked troubling.

Left-hander Josh Osich, who looked so promising as the season began, allowed two runs and three hits while walking one in 1 2/3 innings. His ERA ballooned to 6.14.

San Francisco's erratic offense mustered seven hits and scored only in the second inning off Padres starter Joey Lucchesi. Nick Hundley singled, moved to third base on Evan Longoria's single and scored on Brandon Belt's sacrifice fly.

Video: SF@SD: Belt plates Hundley to give Giants the lead

The Giants lost three games in this four-game series as their fortunes at Petco Park continued to plummet. In their last six series here, the Giants have lost five and split one.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
A prime example of how Beede can tighten up his game occurred with two outs in the third inning and the Giants leading, 1-0. Beede walked Galvis, leaving the door open for the Padres. Franchy Cordero singled, setting up Villanueva's two-run double.

Video: SF@SD: Villanueva rips a two-run double to left field

SOUND SMART
Everything in the Giants-Padres season series changed in 2016, at least in terms of games played in San Diego. San Francisco swept the Padres in a three-game series May 17-19, and since then, the Giants have struggled at Petco Park, losing 20 of 25 games.

UP NEXT
Following Monday's scheduled off-day, the Giants will confront the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series beginning Tuesday at Phoenix's Chase Field. Cueto is expected to leave the disabled list to face left-hander Patrick Corbin.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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