WASHINGTON -- The Giants' entire outfield is in a batting slump, but manager Bruce Bochy couldn't rest all of them in Wednesday morning's July 4 special against the Washington Nationals.
So Bochy stuck with Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera and gave Angel Pagan a break. Blanco, who occupied Pagan's usual spot in center field, emerged from a .173 skid (14-for-81) that spanned 20 games to go 3-for-5 in Tuesday's series opener. Cabrera, the starting All-Star left fielder who has performed remarkably most of the season, has looked ordinary of late, entering Wednesday with a .250 average (11-for-44) in his previous 12 games.
Pagan had compiled a .188 average (13-for-69) in 19 games before Wednesday. "It's fair to say Angel's struggling right now," Bochy said.
Nate Schierholtz replaced Pagan in right field, a change Bochy had settled on days in advance with an unusual late-morning start following a night game. In another planned move, Emmanuel Burriss started at second base to rest Ryan Theriot. Burriss had started just once in the Giants' previous 32 games.
Pagan wound up entering Wednesday's game late, going 0-for-2.
Lincecum's road woes continue
WASHINGTON -- Tim Lincecum is continuing to manufacture statistics that reach historical proportions. But the numbers don't look as pretty as they formerly did.
Lincecum's road ERA ballooned to 8.45 in nine road starts after he yielded eight runs (seven earned) over 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-3 loss to Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Giants pitcher has recorded a higher ERA through nine road starts since the National League began charting earned runs in 1912. That would be Terry Mulholland, who owned a road ERA of 8.79 at the same juncture in 1995.
By comparison, Lincecum's home ERA is 3.99 through eight starts.
Lincecum's next start, Sunday at Pittsburgh, also will be on the road. The Giants begin their post-All-Star-break schedule with a weekend series at home from July 13-15 against Houston. But with Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong outperforming Lincecum, manager Bruce Bochy may shuffle the starting rotation and bump the two-time Cy Young Award winner from his current No. 1 status.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.