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Giants’ Brandon Belt homers twice in first game back

Aug 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

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The Giants’ handling of Brandon Belt this season has been frustrating and confusing. He hasn’t produced, but that’s mostly because the San Francisco front office hasn’t given him an opportunity to produce.

(Belt entered play Sunday with only 90 major league plate appearances to his name).

If the talented 23-year-old is going to earn a more active role, he’ll have to make serious noise in the inconsistent spurts of playing time that he gets.

And that’s exactly what the kid did in Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

In his first game since returning to the majors, Belt crushed his third and fourth home runs of the season — both solo shots. He’s still batting just .232/.330/.415 and the Giants still seem to prefer Aubrey Huff at first base, but the tide can always change. Belt does have the ability to play in a corner outfield spot.

A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Belt posted a .352/.455/.620 batting line, 23 home runs and 112 RBI in 136 games between Single-A San Jose, Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno last season. He was rated the 23rd most-promising minor league player in the sport this past winter by Baseball America.

  1. crpls - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    If it weren’t for all that extra seasoning in the PCL, this would’ve never happened! Hail Sabean and Bochy!

    Sigh.

  2. marklar1025 - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Not sure how much you have to do to stay in the lineup but a 2HR game ought to do it…right? C’mon Sabean/Bochy play this guy wherever you can find a spot.

  3. loungefly74 - Aug 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Offense should be the #1 concern for the Giants. Get Belt on the field!

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