Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Even Sans Sandoval, Giants Finding Their Rhythm

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Even Sans Sandoval, Giants Finding Their Rhythm

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Asked about a left foot strain that kept him out of the lineup Sunday, Pablo Sandoval sounded very much like a player who might be looking at a stint on the disabled list. But Sandoval wasn't in a bad mood as the Giants prepared to board a flight for Pittsburgh, the second city on this crucial nine-game trip.

Sandoval could have thrown his walking boot in any direction and hit a Giant who contributed to Sunday's 6-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks and a series victory that got the Giants back within 11/ 2 games of the National League West leaders.

"We've got a rhythm going now," Sandoval said smiling.

Sandoval might not be part of the effort to keep the rhythm going. He had an MRI on Sunday morning and continues to battle soreness in a strain on the outside of his left foot. Trainer Dave Groeschner said the Giants will seek outside opinions, and manager Bruce Bochy said the D.L. is now in play for Sandoval, who missed three games last weekend before returning to the heart of the order.

"The MRI didn't show any other damage, but we'll discuss all this on the flight," Bochy said. "He's probably going to need a few days. The D.L. is a possibility, it is. We need to get this to calm down. Sometimes you get an injury like this and if you try to get through it, you end up losing him for a longer period of time."

Sandoval watched much of the game from the trainer's room and said he was excited to see the varied contributions "from young guys and old guys."

In his second start in place of the injured Ryan Vogelsong, Chad Gaudin fought through a stomach bug to give up two runs in six innings, matching the line from his first start. Gaudin twice vomited in the dugout, but it was smooth sailing on the mound, where he struck out seven and walked just one while improving to 2-0 as a starter this season.

"It's just about staying aggressive and letting the hitter know you're not pitching around him, you're coming at him," Gaudin said. "It enables me to expand [the zone] when I can."

Gaudin got plenty of help from the lineup's stalwarts, but it was a rookie who had the clubhouse buzzing. In his first start, Juan Perez chased down Paul Goldschmidt's first-inning shot to deep center field, making a spectacular grab as he crashed into the wall. …

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