SD@SF: Hetfield on Metallica taking batting practice

SAN FRANCISCO -- The list of dignitaries, luminaries and would-be journalists who filled the Giants' dugout before Tuesday night's game was extensive.

Members of the rock band Metallica started things by taking early batting practice. It's the ninth time the band has done so this season in preparation for an appearance in Cleveland later this year.

Chumlee (a.k.a Austin Russell) from the reality show "Pawn Stars" was on the field as part of filming for an upcoming antique show in which he is the appraiser.

Chumlee, wearing a Giants jersey with No. 82 (he was born in 1982), spoke at length with outfielder Hunter Pence, who presented him with a signed game-used bat.

Former Giants CEO Peter Magowan and all-time home run king Barry Bonds were also visitors.

Bochy hopes Pablo, Belt can mimic Pence's turnaround

Struggles of Sandoval vs. Blackmon's hot start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval entered Tuesday night's matchup with a history of success against Padres' left-hander Eric Stults, and Giants' manager Bruce Bochy was hoping that could help shake Sandoval out of his current slide.

The former All-Star third baseman and World Series MVP has two hits in 14 at bats this homestand and both of those came in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Indians.

Brandon Belt is in even worse shape. He's hitless in his last 16 at-bats, 10 by strikeouts. He's struck out in 12 of his last 19 at-bats.

Bochy pointed to Hunter Pence's recent success for why he remains patient and confident with Sandoval and Belt.

Pence, who was hitting .181 on April 20, entered Tuesday night's game with a seven-game hitting streak, batting.444 (12-for-27) over that span, which includes five extra-base hits and six RBIs.

"Talent is going to surface," Bochy said. "He's getting his timing and he's hit missing pitches like he was before. It was really a matter of time before he got this thing turned around."

Bochy said he expects the same from his two other slumping sluggers.

"These guys are good hitters," he said. "It's the same thing. They will get it turned around."

Sanchez gets another call behind the dish

SF@COL: Sanchez hits a go-ahead grand slam in 11th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Backup catcher Hector Sanchez was in Tuesday night's lineup against the Padres because he needed work, Brandon Belt was on the bench and Buster Posey started at first base.

"It's just the way it worked out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's really just a coincidence."

What is not a coincidence is that Bochy likes to start his backup catcher every so often and tries to pair him with the same pitcher. Sanchez's last start came on Wednesday with Matt Cain on the mound, and Cain was set to start on Tuesday before he was scratched with a cut right index finger pregame. Instead, Sanchez caught Yusmeiro Petit.

"I like to keep him with the same pitcher so they can get acclimated to each other," said Bochy. "I have said that in the past."

Sanchez drove in five runs in Wednesday's 12-10 extra-inning victory at the Colorado Rockies. Tuesday was his sixth start.