Belt seeing results from new/old stance

Belt seeing results from new/old stance

Belt seeing results from new/old stance
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt smacked a first-inning RBI triple to deep right field in Monday's 4-2 win against Arizona, noticeably driving the ball as well as any he has this season.

The first baseman credited his more open, upright batting stance -- which happens to not be so new at all.

Belt's coaches had been encouraging him since Spring Training to make the adjustments, and a recent look at video from his Minor League days showed that that's how Belt had previously approached the plate.

"It's just one of those things where you have to adjust yourself sometimes, and that's hard to do," Belt said. "Sometimes it takes looking at video to do it."

"I wasn't hitting the ball with authority and I wasn't driving the ball, and that's something I've always done, and I wanted to get back to that," Belt added.

Belt is batting .217 in May and has just nine extra-base hits in 96 at-bats this season, and the video-induced discovery could help turn things around for the 24-year-old first baseman.

"It helped reinforce what we said to him, and sometimes you don't realize the things you're doing when it's being said, and you have to see it for yourself," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This game is all about adjustments. That's all he's doing -- he's tweaking a little bit. He's not changing his swing. He's getting in a stance that's going to give him a more consistent approach."