SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgar Renteria's sore right elbow left the Giants shortstop unavailable to start for the second straight day, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.Bochy said Renteria could be called upon as a pinch-hitter or late-inning defensive replacement for an inning, if needed. On Thursday and Friday, Renteria started at shortstop and hit leadoff against left-handed starters, but his elbow flared up in Friday's game and he was unavailable Saturday. With Brewers lefty Chris Narveson on the hill Sunday, Bochy had hoped to deploy the same lineup -- with Juan Uribe shifting to third -- but was unable to. Bochy seemed optimistic Renteria would be healthy for the Giants' upcoming road trip. "He's doing better, making improvements," Bochy said. "Hopefully with a day off, in Chicago he'll be available."
Giants look to break offensive funk
SAN FRANCISCO -- The whiteboard in the Giants' clubhouse Sunday read "Optional B.P.," but optional might as well have been in quotation marks.At 10:30 a.m. PT, the entire team took part in pregame stretching and batting practice before Sunday's series finale against the Brewers. Usually, players don't come to the ballpark until 10:30 or 11 a.m. on Sundays. But that changes when a team has scored two runs or fewer in seven of its past 10 games. As can be expected during a slide such as this, the individual numbers look pretty awful. Entering Sunday's game, Pat Burrell was 0-for-his-last-7 with runners in scoring position. Cody Ross had three hits in his last 22 at-bats. Pablo Sandoval had one hit in his past 18 at-bats, while Juan Uribe was hitless in his past 11. Heck, even Aubrey Huff -- who leads the team in most offensive categories -- has caught the bug: Since beginning Thursday's game with a triple and home run, Huff had struck out in five of his past 10 at-bats. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said certain guys might be trying too hard, which has in turn worsened the current offensive. "When you get into a little thing as far as we're in right now with lack of run production, they're going up there trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark," Bochy said. "We've faced some pretty good pitching. Now we're compounding the problem. We just need to relax and keep the line moving."
Giants' San Jose affiliate near title
SAN FRANCISCO -- After rallying for a 12-7 victory Saturday night, Class A Advanced San Jose is one game away from clinching back-to-back California League championships for the first time in franchise history.Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the 11th inning to cap a five-run rally, as the Giants took a 2-1 lead over Rancho Cucamonga in the best-of-five series. Tonight's Game 4 is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PT at Rancho Cucamonga. Oliver Odle (12-7, 5.78 ERA) will start for San Jose against the Quakes' Manuel Flores (5-9, 4.23). The game will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104) and online at MiLB TV.
On Saturday, left-handed reliever Dan Runzler made only his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list, getting Prince Fielder to ground out in the eighth inning. "I was glad to see him get in there and get an out," Bochy said. "He hasn't been getting a lot of work ... but to go in there and get a big out for us helped lighten the load on [Sergio] Romo. That was big for us." ... As a precaution, Bochy said left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez would hold off on throwing his bullpen session until after Sunday's game, just in case he is needed in an emergency.
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.