After one of the most stunning walk-off home runs in recent memory, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is out of the lineup today with a knee injury. San Jose Mercury beat writer Alex Pavlovic noted that Pagan entered the clubhouse with a slight limp and was applying ice to his knee. This comes one day after Pagan’s inside-the-park home run completed a 10-inning defeat of the Colorado Rockies.
Gregor Blanco gets the start in center, moving over from his normal left field spot. Andres Torres, who had an equally big RBI in yesterday’s game, will start in left. After a 10-day hitless stretch, Torres is 6-11 and has given the Giants a huge boost off the bench. His speed and defense will always make him a valuable commodity, but the Giants bench needs a reliable bat late in games. Especially with their flair for the dramatic this season.
Here’s the lineup against RHB Jon Garland: