PHILADELPHIA -- Bruce Bochy rode to Citizens Bank Park with Hunter Pence and said the right fielder -- who played every game the past two seasons -- lobbied to play Friday night. The Giants are going to take a cautious approach.
Pence has tendinitis in his left wrist and Bochy said there also is possibly some bone bruising. He is expected to miss the first two games of this series, although that could change if he feels significantly better before Saturday's game. The Giants are also currently without Nori Aoki, who has the flu. Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell started in the outfield for the first of three games in Philadelphia.
The Giants have lost five straight and they're looking at facing Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard in New York next week. It would be a good idea to take advantage of three games against Jerome Williams, Severino Gonzalez and Sean O'Sullivan, all of whom have struggled this season and have ERAs over five.
"We're in a little skid right now," Bochy said. "Hopefully this road trip came at the right time."
--- Bochy said Matt Duffy is still the main guy at third, but Casey McGehee (he's back from Triple-A) will likely get one start this weekend in Philadelphia. "I talked to him, he can help out in any way," Bochy said of McGehee. "He'll get some starts."
Duffy had been playing other positions before McGehee got optioned but Bochy didn't seem to think he would be doing that as much, pointing out that the Giants have a bunch of off days coming up so Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik should be out there just about every day.
--- Bochy said Jean Machi felt some discomfort in his left groin during his last outing, so he was put on the DL to make room for McGehee. "It probably could use a few days, so it makes sense to let it clear up," he said.
--- A local reporter asked Bochy if he saw a play at the plate in the Phillies game last night. "I was watching the Warriors, sorry," he answered.
--- Pence thought it was "pretty surreal" that President Obama mentioned his signs during the visit yesterday. "Even the President is making fun of me," he said, smiling. "That's when you know you're legit."