Pagan first of slumping outfield to get a rest

Pagan first of slumping outfield to get a rest

WASHINGTON -- The Giants' entire outfield is in a batting slump, but manager Bruce Bochy couldn't rest all of them in Wednesday morning's July 4 special against the Washington Nationals.

So Bochy stuck with Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera and gave Angel Pagan a break. Blanco, who occupied Pagan's usual spot in center field, emerged from a .173 skid (14-for-81) that spanned 20 games to go 3-for-5 in Tuesday's series opener. Cabrera, the starting All-Star left fielder who has performed remarkably most of the season, has looked ordinary of late, entering Wednesday with a .250 average (11-for-44) in his previous 12 games.

Pagan had compiled a .188 average (13-for-69) in 19 games before Wednesday. "It's fair to say Angel's struggling right now," Bochy said.

Nate Schierholtz replaced Pagan in right field, a change Bochy had settled on days in advance with an unusual late-morning start following a night game. In another planned move, Emmanuel Burriss started at second base to rest Ryan Theriot. Burriss had started just once in the Giants' previous 32 games.

Pagan wound up entering Wednesday's game late, going 0-for-2.