Belisle began his rehab assignment with a successful scoreless inning for Single-A Potomac, allowing one hit and collecting one strikeout. Belisle hasn't pitched in nearly a month, when he held a 1.50 ERA in six innings.
Kahnle was brought up as the 26th roster addition for the teams doubleheader, and will remain on the roster following the games. The struggling White Sox want to see what new element Kahnle can add to the pitching staff, but it is expected that his stint with the team will be brief.
Hoying was called up from Triple-A and will replace Shin-Soo Choo while he is down with a hamstring injury. Hoying was batting .319 with seven home runs and 32 RBI while playing great defense in Triple-A.
Choo was put on the disabled list earlier this week and replaced him with Jared Hoying from Triple-A Round Rock. Hoying was batting .319 with seven home runs and 32 RBI while playing great defense in Triple-A.
Rodgers-Cromartie's absence made some curious as he was the only non-injured veteran not in attendance. Sources say that he was dealing with a personal matter as he showed up to the team facility on Tuesday.
Monday was Cueto’s second straight complete game effort and second full game shutout on the year. This was also the lowest hit total of the year against him as well, though he got the benefit of pitching against the tired Padres team who were fresh off a 17-inning game. His May has been even better than April was as he’s posted a 2.11 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 34:7 K:BB and .210 BAA in 38 1/3 innings. If Madison Bumgarner wasn’t on the staff it’d be easy to say Cueto was the ace of the staff. Sunday will give him his next start against Colorado which he pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings against last time he faced them at the beginning of May.
Pence was out of the lineup on Monday but came on as a pinch hitter with two outs in the ninth and drove in the only run of the game with a flare into right field. The RBI was his 33rd of the year as he’s been one of the most consistent hitters on the Giants all year. In the last seven contests he’s hitting .320/.346/.600 with two homers, six RBI, and five runs scored as he continues to roll in the early season. That roll however may have a hard time continuing as he is just 2-for-16 (.125) off of Andrew Cashner in his career with one homer and two RBI.
There isn’t much to talk about with regards to the Giants offense on Monday as they managed just one run, and didn’t score until the ninth inning. Belt’s lone hit came as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the final frame who then had to wait two more batters before coming around to score. This was just the second run scored by him in the last seven games as he is also hitting just .200 in that span too. Belt will have a chance to redeem himself on Tuesday as he faces off with Andrew Cashner, who he is .375 against in 16 career at bats with a homer and four RBI.
Walker has seemed to be the beneficiary of some fielding mistakes this season and Monday’s game was another example of that as four of the runs on his line were unearned. He did however last the longest he has in a start yet at 7 1/3 innings. May has been a rough month for the young righty with a 3.96 ERA in five starts that lasted 25 innings. Overall however he still has great numbers on the season and will have a chance to improve on those numbers on Sunday against a Minnesota team that should be a favorable matchup for him.
This is exactly the type of start that the Padres needed after exhausting just about every arm on the staff in the 17-inning affair on Sunday. Unfortunately for his owners, he didn’t get the win with the great outing he posted, as Johnny Cueto dueled him pitch for pitch. This was the third start of the month that he didn’t allow a run in, though it was the longest of the group. In May he is pitching to a 0.87 ERA and 0.84 WHIP but is just 2-2 with a 29:13 K:BB. Sunday brings his next turn in the rotation as he will face Arizona for the first time this season but it should be another good outing for Pomeranz with the state of the Diamondbacks offense at the moment.