Giants’ Christian Arroyo dealing with first major slump

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May 17, 2017 - 10:43pm
If Christian Arroyo were any other 21-year-old, the Giants might be tempted to send him back to Triple-A amid a 3-for-24 slump to regain his stroke in a less pressurized environment and prevent his dauber from getting down. Because Arroyo is Arroyo, he is staying where he is, enjoying the confidence of a staff that sees a mature rookie who simply needs to adjust at the plate, as all hitters do. When Arroyo arrived, he proved he could turn on inside fastballs, so right-handed pitchers have been throwing everything on the outside corner or outside, period. Meulens is getting Arroyo to move closer to the plate so he can reach those pitches. On Wednesday, he took an 0-for-4 but had a good third at-bat against Clayton Kershaw and lined out. Mark Melancon was throwing in the bullpen in the ninth inning with the Giants down 6-0. Melancon had not thrown since Monday and was going to get in his work one way or the other after he was activated from the disabled list before the game. Melancon said he feels no discomfort after rehabbing a strained right pronator, a forearm muscle. The Giants optioned infielder Kelby Tomlinson and restored an eight-man bullpen. Nuñez’s first homer of the year, against Sergio Romo in the ninth, extended the Giants’ streak of homering to 10 games. The Giants fell to 6-4 against the Dodgers. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Dodgers beater: Ty Blach earned his first two big-league wins against the Dodgers, the first Giants pitcher to do so since Harry Gumbert in 1935-36.

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