Time running out to get Giants in NL All-Star lineup
Posey, Sandoval and Scutaro trailing in fan voting ahead of Thursday deadline
CINCINNATI -- With 20 come-from-behind victories to their credit, the Giants are accustomed to launching a late push. That's exactly what it will take for three of their players to gain election to the National League's starting lineup in the All-Star Game. The final voting update was issued on Tuesday.
Catcher Buster Posey, who led the fan balloting at his position through much of the voting season, remains a strong second, though St. Louis' Yadier Molina has opened up a clear lead. Molina has 5,093,645 votes to Posey's 4,674,847.
The tables have turned at third base, where Pablo Sandoval benefited from a surge of votes to top the Mets' David Wright last year. This time around, Wright has begun to pull away from Sandoval, garnering 4,452,282 votes to the Panda's 3,610,096.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro stands in third place, but is actually closer to the top than either Posey or Sandoval. Scutaro has 3,142,783 votes, trailing Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (3,411,839) and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter (3,186,423).
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The other Giants on the All-Star ballot have garnered healthy vote totals, but aren't close to leading their respective positions.
At first base, Brandon Belt occupies fourth place with 1,804,152 votes, less than half of the total amassed by the pace-setter, Cincinnati's Joey Votto (3,622,608).
The outlook is similar for shortstop Brandon Crawford, in second place with 2,383,248 votes. Crawford is far outdistanced by Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (4,072,834), though Tulowitzki remains out of action with a broken rib.
Among outfielders, Hunter Pence has moved up to seventh with 2,379,606 votes. Teammates Angel Pagan (2,016,370) and Gregor Blanco (1,717,194) rank ninth and 13th, respectively.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING
(as of July 2)
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 5,093,645
Buster Posey, Giants: 4,674,847
John Buck, Mets: 1,446,565
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: 997,791
Brian McCann, Braves: 997,322
Joey Votto, Reds: 3,622,608
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 3,035,114
Allen Craig, Cardinals: 2,525,399
Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,804,152
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,494,604
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 3,411,839
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 3,186,423
Marco Scutaro, Giants: 3,142,783
Daniel Murphy, Mets: 1,598,297
Chase Utley, Phillies: 1,355,750
David Wright, Mets: 4,452,282
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 3,610,096
David Freese, Cardinals: 2,376,121
Chris Johnson, Braves: 1,234,095
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: 1,072,563
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 4,072,834
Brandon Crawford, Giants: 2,383,248
Jean Segura, Brewers: 2,072,083
Pete Kozma, Cardinals: 1,867,781
Andrelton Simmons, Braves: 1,192,066
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 5,013,806
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 2,928,606
Justin Upton, Braves: 2,917,659
Bryce Harper, Nationals: 2,902,393
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,697,608
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 2,510,614
Hunter Pence, Giants: 2,379,606
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,331,774
Angel Pagan, Giants: 2,016,370
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds: 1,960,385
Jon Jay, Cardinals: 1,825,513
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 1,746,318
Gregor Blanco, Giants: 1,717,194
Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,454,721
Domonic Brown, Phillies: 1,427,696
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.