Brandon Belt went 4-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season and four runs scored in Monday's 8-0 blowout of the Nationals.
Belt has reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 starts. Belt suffered through a forgettable April, batting .235/.287/.353, but his playing time and production have both spiked in May. Belt cut down his strikeouts and increased his rate of walks and his numbers reflect an improved approach at the plate. In May, he's slashing .250/.357/.521 with three homers over 48 at-bats.
Ryan Vogelsong was diagnosed with a fractured right hand.
Brutal news for Vogelsong, who tossed five scoreless frames Monday against the Nationals before he was hit in the hand with a pitch while swinging the bat. Vogelsong's wife, Nicole, wrote on Twitter that he has a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his throwing hand and it's broken above and below his finger. He'll have surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss around six weeks. The Giants don't have an obvious alternative in the minors, so Chad Gaudin is the likely replacement in the starting rotation.
Ryan Vogelsong left Monday's start against the Nationals after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch while swinging.
Vogelsong swung at a pitch in on his hands, and the ball appeared to catch him on the right knuckles. It was poor timing, as the righty was in the middle of his best start of the season, allowing three hits and a walk over five scoreless frames. The Giants should have an update on his status soon.
Barry Zito allowed five runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his start Sunday against the Rockies.
It was another bad outing from Zito, and he's now failed to win a game in his last five starts. He needed 108 pitches to get through the five-plus innings and continues to struggle on the road this season, where he has an 11.25 ERA. Zito will get a rematch with the Rockies in his next start on Saturday.
Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.
As he often does, Posey is getting a breather with Barry Zito on the mound. Guillermo Quiroz is getting the start behind the plate. Marco Scutaro is also receiving a day off, as Nick Noonan is at second base.