Giants looking for Pagan to escape slump

Giants looking for Pagan to escape slump

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are counting on Angel Pagan to pick up his pace at the plate, where he has been mired in a 6-for-34 slump in his last 11 games entering Sunday.

With Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Pagan has been bumped up to fifth in the batting order, where he batted Sunday against the Dodgers.

"It's important for us, particularly in the five-hole," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Pagan had a batting average as high as .321 on June 10, but has struggled since then to now have a season average of .277. The center fielder had just one RBI and two runs since July 14.

"He's been through this, these skids," Bochy said. "He's a good hitter, and it's nice that he has the knowledge and experience to come out of it."