Brandon Belt homers as rehab with Fresno Grizzlies continues

The Fresno BeeJune 29, 2014 

Brandon Belt -- shown during Saturday's game -- didn't have to worry about his lead from first base during Sunday's game as he went 1 for 4, and that one hit was a home run.


The second night of Brandon Belt's return to Fresno didn't go as well as the first, but the silver lining for the Grizzlies is they will have his powerful left-handed bat in the lineup for a four-game series at Pacific Northern Division-leading Sacramento this week.

And the encouraging thing for the San Francisco Giants is Belt still appears to be on course for a return to their lineup Friday.

Belt went 1 for 4 with a home run and a strikeout looking with the potential go-ahead run at second base in the seventh inning of a Pacific Coast League series finale against Salt Lake that the Grizzlies would go on to lose 9-3 in 10 innings Sunday before an announced crowd of 5,970 at Chukchansi Park.

Recovering from a broken left thumb suffered May 9 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Belt played the second of what is expected to be six rehab games for Fresno. He started at first base for the first time since beginning his rehab assignment Wednesday in San Jose and played seven innings while handling two grounders, a pop-up and making four putouts flawlessly.

With the bat, Belt flew out to left in the first, homered to right in the third, struck out swinging in the fifth and took a called third strike that he appeared to dispute with runners at first and second in the seventh. Belt delivered the go-ahead double among his three hits in his first game with Fresno on Saturday.

Belt is now 7 for 14 with two homers, two doubles, three runs and three RBIs in four rehab games. He is expected to be activated Friday when San Francisco begins a series at San Diego. Belt played parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Fresno before establishing himself as an everyday player with the Giants.

Gary Brown got the Grizzlies off to a quick start against Salt Lake with a leadoff home run, his sixth of the season, in the bottom of the first.

Salt Lake went ahead 2-1 in the second on RBI doubles from John Hester and Vance Albitz.

Belt's homer tied it 2-2 in the third.

The Bees retook the lead in the top of the fourth on Zach Borenstein's run-scoring single, but Fresno tied it again courtesy of an RBI double from Chris Dominguez.

Salt Lake scored the winning run on Taylor Lindsey's pinch-hit homer to lead off a six-run 10th inning.


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