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The Sunday series finale between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks is a bit bittersweet.

On the one hand, the Giants have the chance to earn a series sweep and extend their winning streak to six games.

On the other hand, they just designated for assignment outfielder Hunter Pence, and it’s understandable to be a little lot sad.


Game #30

Who: San Francisco Giants (13-16) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (13-15)
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
When: 1:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680 AM/104.5 FM


Lineups

Seeing Joey Bart in there is still taking some getting used to. But it sure is glorious.

  1. RF — Mike Yastrzemski (L) — .311/.434/.632 — 193 OPS+
  2. LF — Alex Dickerson (L) — .209/.308/.343 — 82 OPS+
  3. 2B — Wilmer Flores (R) — .319/.350/.564 — 149 OPS+
  4. 1B — Brandon Belt (L) — .237/.318/.424 — 105 OPS+
  5. 3B — Evan Longoria (R) — .250/.292/.438 — 100 OPS+
  6. DH — Pablo Sandoval (S) — .196/.270/.268 — 51 OPS+
  7. C — Joey Bart (R) — .375/.545/.750 — 257 OPS+
  8. SS — Brandon Crawford (L) — .244/.330/.372 — 96 OPS+
  9. CF — Steven Duggar (L) — .143/.182/.238 — 16 OPS+
    RHP — Trevor Cahill — 1.59 ERA, 5.98 FIP, 6 K and 5 BB in 5.2 IP

And Torey Lovullo’s squad.

  1. RF — Kole Calhoun (L) — .232/.324/.505 — 121 OPS+
  2. 2B — Ketel Marte (S) — .336/.353/.445 — 116 OPS+
  3. CF — Starling Marte (R) — .323/.407/.452 — 134 OPS+
  4. LF — David Peralta (L) — .310/.364/.440 — 118 OPS+
  5. 1B — Christian Walker (R) — .284/.336/.431 — 107 OPS+
  6. 3B — Eduardo Escobar (S) — .196/.269/.320 — 59 OPS+
  7. SS — Nick Ahmed (R) — .255/.314/.394 — 91 OPS+
  8. C — Stephen Vogt (L) — .156/.220/.311 — 42 OPS+
  9. DH — Daulton Varsho (L) .150/.227/.250 — 30 OPS+
    RHP — Luke Weaver — 9.16 ERA, 7.01 FIP, 23 K and 8 BB in 18.2 IP

Notes

Happy Birthday, Yaz! Today is Mike Yastrzemski’s 30th birthday. Hopefully he finds the birthday magic, which is to say, he keeps doing what he’s been doing.

Prospect faceoff: Joey Bart will be playing in his fourth game of his career. And he’ll get to call pitches while Daulton Varsho steps into the box for his eleventh career game. Varsho isn’t quite the prospect that Bart is, but Fangraphs ranks him as Arizona’s second-best prospect, and the number 60 prospect in baseball.

Eyes on the Panda: Pablo Sandoval has been struggling, and seeing Hunter Pence get DFA’d has to have him on the edge a little bit. Gabe Kapler explained why the team kept Sandoval rather than Pence, but with the Giants acquiring an infielder in Daniel Robertson on Sunday morning, the pressure is pretty clearly on the Panda.


Enjoy the baseball, friends.