The Giants lost their season opener 2-1 to the Dodgers, but their only rookie showed lots of promise.
Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday. His first hit was an infield single, but he looked poised every time he walked to the plate. In fact, no other Giant came as close to figuring out Clayton Kershaw as Belt did.
Three Dodgers pitchers threw 135 pitches. Of those, 29 were to Belt. That's 20 percent, incredible plate discipline for someone making his big-league debut.
"Great at-bats," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Nice approach. Looked very relaxed up there. Saw a lot of pitches. Great discipline. I'm just glad he got a hit to take that pressure off."
Capping his first at-bat, Belt grounded to first and legged out a hit. The next three trips to the plate were eight-pitch encounters. He walked and struck out facing Kershaw. In the ninth, with closer Jonathan Broxton on the mound, he lined to ex-Giant Juan Uribe at third base.
The Giants didn't score until Pat Burrell's ninth-inning homer. Their defense -- including errors by Miguel Tejada and Buster Posey -- helped the Dodgers score twice, and the World Series champs began the season 0-1.
Meantime, Belt was smooth around first base and fielded everything with ease. He's an above-average defender and patient hitter who posted huge numbers in the minors last year, his first year in pro ball.
The champs lost the game, but the kid looked good.
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