PITTSBURGH (AP) — Despite losing the series, the San Francisco Giants found something positive about their trip to PNC Park: Brandon Belt is beginning to hit.
Belt homered, doubled and drove in all three runs for the Giants in their 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
The Giants had won 10 of 11 before dropping two straight in Pittsburgh. Belt came into the series in a 2-for-30 rut, but went 5 for 8 with a pair of walks in the three games.
"I've been just looking at the video, seeing what I was doing when I was hitting well," Belt said. "Obviously, the adjustment was a timing issue. I've been working on that the last few days and I'm starting to come around."
Belt homered on the first pitch he saw Wednesday, connecting with two outs in the first. He hit a two-run double with two outs in the fifth.
"He was quieter and was seeing the ball better and not drifting through the strike zone," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We need him to get going like we need to get Pablo (Sandoval) going so we can get the line moving and get this thing clicking."
Giants starter Tim Lincecum (2-2) allowed four runs, eight hits and two walks in four innings. Opponents are hitting .329
against the two-time Cy Young winner.
"I wasn't finishing my pitches, especially my secondary pitches," Lincecum said. "When I got ahead in the count, the secondary pitches were just rolling up there and had no bit on them. I'm the type of guy who's going to have to get guys to chase pitches but I can't do that when I'm leaving balls up in the strike zone that are so hittable."
Continue reading this story on the...