Giants Have Triples Alley ‘in Their Head' at Oracle Park, Mike Krukow Says

The ball came off Brandon Belt's bat at nearly 98 mph. It traveled 389 feet to right-center field, and yet again, the Giants' first baseman did not have a home run at Oracle Park. 

He had to settle for a triple off Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler in the sixth inning of the Giants' 10-3 loss on Tuesday night. 

Belt has long been a victim of Triples Alley in San Francisco. He's also shared mixed emotions on one of the most controversial parts of the home ballpark. 

"I've definitely been affected by the dimensions of the park, there's no doubt about it, but in the end if me having to play in a bad hitters' ballpark gets me to play in a good organization, I'm alright with that," Belt to NBC Sports' Alex Pavlovic last month. 

But as the Giants continue to struggle, teams such as the Dodgers and Yankees seem to have no issues hitting home runs in San Francisco. Broadcaster Mike Krukow believes there's a mental component to this for the Giants. 

"I do believe that it's in their head a bit," Krukow said Wednesday on KNBR. "I think a lot of these guys, they've hit so many balls that they know would be home runs at other ballparks but don't get here, I think it wears on them." 

The Giants have hit 16 home runs on the road this season compared to only eight at Oracle Park. As the front office has discussed moving the fences in at the 421-foot Triples Alley, Krukow believes a stigma would instantly go away. 

"I do believe it will affect the entire offense," Krukow said. "I can't explain why all of these guys are cold. There's nobody going off right now aside from Pablo [Sandoval]. Everybody's got batting averages so far under their career norm, that you can't explain it."

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While there's obviously a mental side to the game, the Giants' opponents have to deal with the same dimensions and the same weather whenever they visit Oracle Park. So why have they been out-homered 17 to 8 by visitors? 

That's the $179 million question that somehow just can't be answered.

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