CHICAGO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy stuck with the percentages Sunday in his choice of first basemen, opting for right-handed-hitting Brett Pill instead of left-handed-swinging Brandon Belt, San Francisco's primary starter at that spot.
Left-hander Travis Wood, Chicago's starting pitcher, entered the game having limited left-handed batters to a .196 average, compared with .255 against right-handers. But Pill hadn't taken full advantage of his opportunities against lefties, as his .214 batting average against them demonstrated. Belt had hit .232 off lefties.
Belt also entered Sunday batting .349 in his last 27 games, lifting his overall average to .266. Bochy expressed confidence that Belt, a .225 hitter last year, will continue to progress.
"He's made some adjustments that will help him. His confidence has grown, too," Bochy said of Belt, who has been in and out of the lineup this year instead of back and forth between San Francisco and Triple-A Fresno, as was the case last season. "It's the usual growth year for a young player. He's turning on the ball yet using the whole field."