PHOENIX -- Forcing his way onto the Giants' roster is bound to prove more difficult for Nate Schierholtz than solving Pacific Coast League pitching. Schierholtz, who opened the season with Triple-A Fresno after beginning Spring Training as a strong candidate to make San Francisco's Opening Day squad, hit for the cycle Sunday in the Grizzlies' 8-7 loss at Las Vegas. Schierholtz, who also drove in three runs and scored twice, homered in the second inning, doubled in the fourth, tripled in the eighth and singled in the ninth inning. This left Schierholtz with a .304 batting average, six home runs and 32 RBIs after 43 games -- solid statistics, but not enough to prompt the Giants to recall him. With Fred Lewis, Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn composing a strong outfield, Schierholtz might stay put until roster limits expand in September, barring an injury or a trade.
"Actually, Nate had been struggling until he hit for that cycle," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I think we all feel it's important that Nate gets his three or four at-bats [daily] now. Eventually we'll find a place for Nate." Meanwhile, Schierholtz has remained upbeat, according to infielder Travis Denker, who was recalled from Fresno last week. "He's always been awesome," Denker said. "He's really great to have in the clubhouse. He gives off good vibes."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.