SAN DIEGO -- Though Bruce Bochy still envisions Gregor Blanco as the Giants' primary left fielder, the manager started Justin Christian in left field for the second straight game Sunday to give him a chance to prove himself.
Christian went 0-for-4 Saturday and extended his hitting skid to 1-for-28. But with the Giants facing a preponderance of left-handed starters -- San Diego's Clayton Richard on Sunday, Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw on Monday and the Dodgers' Chris Capuano on Wednesday -- Bochy wants to determine whether Christian is capable of contributing.
Despite being a right-handed batter, Christian entered Sunday batting .120 (3-for-25) off lefties.
"It's such a small sample size with Justin," Bochy said. "I believe in guys getting another chance. I just want to give him another start to see if he can get settled in."
Meanwhile, Bochy insisted that there was no extra significance attached to Gary Brown's appearance in left field Saturday for Double-A Richmond. Brown, ranked by MLB.com as the Giants' top prospect, has played center field. General manager Brian Sabean indicated last week that Brown will not receive a September promotion to San Francisco.
"We like to keep these guys flexible," Bochy said, noting that outfielders such as Blanco and Angel Pagan can play multiple spots. "We just want to take a look at it."