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Belt not surprised by Giants' power display

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When thinking about the successful Giants teams of recent years, quality pitching is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

But entering play Thursday against the D-backs, National League West-leading San Francisco was tops among all Major League teams with 14 home runs to start the season.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When thinking about the successful Giants teams of recent years, quality pitching is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

But entering play Thursday against the D-backs, National League West-leading San Francisco was tops among all Major League teams with 14 home runs to start the season.

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"I don't think it's surprising," said Brandon Belt, who led the Giants with five long balls this year. "It's probably not something we've done in the past very much. But with the guys we have, it might be unexpected, but I don't think it's surprising at all."

Belt has looked sharp to begin the year. As of Thursday's first pitch, he was tied with Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez for the league lead in homers. Manager Bruce Bochy said he's not surprised to see Belt get off to a hot start.

"He's a talent. This kid's only going to get better, I think," Bochy said. "He's really getting on some pitches that really gave him trouble earlier. He's got a great plate coverage and he's a strong kid who can hit it out at any part of the ballpark."

Belt, who sported a .325/.325/.700 slash line heading into Thursday night's contest, said he's been able to find success by staying balanced at the plate and keeping it simple.

"See ball, hit ball," Belt said.

As for the team's success so far, Belt is happy to hear people are talking about the San Francisco lineup instead of the pitching staff.

"I think it's good that people see what we already knew -- that we have a lot of good hitters on this team," Belt said. "We're a very well-rounded team. We have good pitching and defense and now we're seeing that we have a good offense out there with a lot of power."

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com.

 

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