Back in cellar, Giants go young; team set for seven game road trip in Philadelphia Friday

June 1, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy blows a bubble in the dugout during the eighth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in San Francisco. Washington won 3-1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

By Jeremy Harness

 After a brief winning streak, the Giants have once against hit the skids and have found themselves right back in the cellar of the National League West.

 After getting swept in a three-game series by the Washington Nationals, a series that concluded Wednesday at AT&T Park, the Giants currently share last place with the San Diego Padres with matching 22-33 records.

 The Giants are expected to call up outfielder Austin Slater from Triple-A Sacramento in tome for their three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies that starts Friday night at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

 A Stanford product and an eighth-round draft pick, the 24-year-old Slater had been swinging a hot bat for the River Cats, sporting a .322 average with four home runs while driving in 26 runs in 174 at-bats for the Triple-A club this season.

 Slater is expected to get a good look at left field when he starts his big-league career.

 Thankfully for the Giants, the Phillies are not having a very good season, either. In fact, they have the worst record in the National League with a 17-34 mark, so this will be a very good opportunity for the Giants to get back on track.

 And it will also be a great time for Slater to get his feet wet in the major leagues, and also for the Giants to start to see what will become of its young prospects.

 Meanwhile, right fielder Hunter Pence, who has missed the Giants’ past 17 games due to a left hamstring strain, will start a rehab stint with Class-A San Jose on Wednesday. According to reports, he is expected to play five innings on Wednesday and another seven innings on Thursday.



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