Mired in slump, Pagan sits in favor of Schierholtz
In a slump, Pagan sits in favor of Schierholtz
PHILADELPHIA -- Slumping center fielder Angel Pagan received a break Friday as Nate Schierholtz replaced him in San Francisco's lineup.
The switch-hitting Pagan has been especially struggling against right-handers; Friday's Phillies starter, Vance Worley, is a righty. Pagan entered Friday batting .159 (7-for-44) against right-handers in his last 17 games.
Manager Bruce Bochy initially planned to rest Pagan in Thursday's series finale at Atlanta. But he gave Pagan another start, due to his success against Braves starter Tim Hudson (.355, 11-for-31). Pagan proceeded to go 0-for-3 against Hudson and 0-for-4 overall with three strikeouts.
The earnest Pagan has worked overtime to attempt to fix his hitting flaws. Bochy suggested that he try relaxing a little.
"Sometimes less is more," Bochy said.
Schierholtz, who played right field while Gregor Blanco moved to center, made his third start in San Francisco's last 21 games.