MIAMI — Barry Bonds might be the best ever at tuning out distractions and negative energy from the stands. It's a skill Kevin Frandsen concedes he hasn't mastered yet.

Frandsen is disappointed in his playing time as well as his performance this season, but he was really stung to hear a smattering of boos on the last homestand when he went 1-for-20 with four double-play grounders.

"It's been rough," said Frandsen, a San Jose native and lifelong Giants fan. "I thought San Francisco people would be behind you all the time. But you come up with a lot of high expectations. I'm in a utility role for the first time in my life and it's not easy. I've given them stuff to boo. I've hit into a lot of double plays."

Veterans have counseled Frandsen to stay patient and try to maintain an even keel, but they aren't sure they've gotten through to him. The 25-year-old acknowledged he has struggled with sporadic playing time, especially after he hit a combined .328 as he flew through the minor leagues.

"What's hard is when you know what kind of player you are and what you can do if you play every day," said Frandsen, who has 176 at-bats in 82 games. "Being in the utility role, it's the only time I've ever struggled in baseball. There's a reason I hit .330 in Fresno. You go in there every day knowing what your swing is."

Frandsen shouldn't look for much sympathy in the manager's office.

"He's been out there a lot," Bruce Bochy said.


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"I'm not saying that's an easy job, but it's a job a lot of players have. Players who do it well stay in the major leagues."

Bochy said he could tell Frandsen was affected by the boos at home.

"That's what you have to deal with here," Bochy said. "It makes you a tougher player and a better player. I've seen Barry go through it. Some of the greatest players go through it. It's tougher for a young player because your confidence is shaken and that does play a critical role with any success you have on the field."

Frandsen returns home today after a good road trip in which he batted .308 with a pair of home runs. He said his best swing was a hard line drive that Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur caught on the dead sprint.

"I hadn't hit a ball like that all year, even at Fresno," Frandsen said. "It's like I was back to normal."

STILL A GIANT: Shortstop Omar Vizquel apparently will finish this season as a Giant. According to an ESPN report, a team claimed Vizquel off waivers earlier this month but the Giants did not complete a deal and pulled him back. Players can be placed on revocable waivers just once.

SHORT HOPS: Brian Wilson tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his second career save. Brad Hennessey was unavailable after throwing in the previous three games. ... Lance Niekro made his pro debut as a pitcher in Fresno's 9-5 victory over Salt Lake on Sunday. He floated some good knuckleballs while retiring two hitters but allowed two runs on three hits and couldn't complete his inning.

MATCHUPS: Starters for the Cubs series: Today, 7:15 p.m., RH Jason Marquis (10-7, 4.25) vs. RH Tim Lincecum (7-3, 3.95); Wednesday, 7:15 p.m., LH Rich Hill (7-7, 3.73) vs. LH Barry Zito (9-11, 4.88); Thursday, 12:35 p.m., RH Carlos Zambrano (14-9, 3.86) vs. RH Matt Cain (5-13, 3.78).