Giants go for sweep of Indians behind Vogelsong

Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 - 12:26 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt has cooled off some from his torrid start, looking for his first hit in this series and 2-for-16 in his last four games. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he considered giving Buster Posey a start at first base today to get Posey out from behind the plate, but partly decided against it to keep Belt in the lineup.

"He has done a great job for us with the bat, and sometimes these guys are going to go through their little deals," Bochy said. "I thought maybe he could use a (day off) today, but at the same time we need his defense out there too, because he has done a great job with the glove."

Belt snared a couple of hard-hit line drives at first Saturday and dug some low throws out of the dirt. Bochy, meanwhile, said Posey is feeling good physically after resting for the finale of the series in Colorado last week and having an off-day the next day. So Bochy’s lineup for today’s finale remains unchanged, with the Giants looking for a sweep:

CF Pagan

RF Pence

1B Belt

C Posey

LF Morse

3B Sandoval

SS Crawford

2B Hicks

P Vogelsong

And here’s the Indians’ lineup behind right-hander Danny Salazar:

CF Bourn

1B Swisher

2B Kipnis

3B Santana

LF Brantley

SS Cabrera

C Gomes

RF Murphy

P Salazar

* It was sprinkling this morning in San Francisco and the sky remains a bit overcast and cloudy, but there’s a pretty good chance the Giants are going to announce a sellout today. If that’s the case, it will be the 258th consecutive regular-season sellout at AT&T Park, which will set a new National League record, surpassing the 257 consecutive sellouts the Philadelphia Phillies had from July 7, 2009 to Aug. 5, 2012.

""I know that was quite a run that Philly had, and for us to pass that is impressive," said Bochy. "We’re very grateful, thankful for the support that we get here. It is tremendous. We feel it every day and very much appreciate it."

The Boston Red Sox still hold the major-league record for longest sellout streak at 794 games from 2003-13. The Giants’ streak is the majors’ longest active one.

* The Giants had a clubhouse visitor this morning in Barry Bonds, who sat and chatted with left fielder Michael Morse for a while. Bonds, of course, joined the team as a special instructor in spring training, but it sounds like today’s appearance was just a visit.

"I think he lives (in San Francisco) now, so he’s probably going to pop in occasionally," Bochy said.

* Ryan Vogelsong will try to rebound from a bad outing in Colorado last Monday, when the right-hander didn’t make it out of the second inning, facing 13 hitters, allowing nine of them to reach and giving up five runs. Vogelsong has pitched into the sixth inning just once in his first four starts. The Giants could use some length from Vogelsong after Tim Lincecum’s 4 2/3-inning outing Saturday.


Call The Bee’s Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015. See his baseball coverage at sacbee.com/mlb. Follow him on Twitter at @matthewkawahara.

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