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Lowell Cohn: Not-so-Giant offense starts to show

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, right, reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson next to Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

He smiled. It was not a happy smile. It seemed to imply, "You can depend on this pest to ask that question."

What he actually said was, "I know what you're saying. I don't think so. I think we saw great pitching in this series. We've got some guys, to be honest, they aren't swinging the bat well right now. They're not going to hit what they're hitting right now. They'll come around. This team should put up more runs. I know it's a wait and see, but that's the way I feel."

Bochy is entitled to his feelings. We certainly encourage him to express himself and not hold in his emotions. It's just that some of the Giants' batting averages verge on the X-rated and certainly don't give the impression this is a hitting team. Joaquin Arias, .167; Hunter Pence, .206; Pablo Sandoval, .175; Buster Posey, .259; Hector Sanchez, .167; Gregor Blanco, .125.

Of course, they will get better. How much better? That's the question.

Someone asked Bochy about Sandoval who went 0-for-4, who came up in the first with a runner at second and no outs and grounded out to short, who came up in the third with a man on first and two outs and grounded out to third, who came up in the eighth with the tying runs on first and second and struck out swinging, swung so hard he looked like someone trying to fall an oak.

"He's struggling," a reporter said to Bochy. "Yes he is," Bochy said. "He's really pressing. I've talked about this. It's human nature for these guys, they don't get off to a good start and they're not getting their numbers — I don't know what he's hitting — and so they start fighting that. Maybe I'll drop him down in the order, try to take some pressure off him. He's a good hitter."

Is Sandoval's contract negotiation distracting him?

"No," Bochy swore. "He and I have talked about it. His job is to come out here and play the game. You can't let that be a distraction. That's something he's hired somebody to take care of, and his job is to go out there and play."

We learned Bochy may drop his third hitter in the batting order.

We learned about Giants' pitching. The starting pitching was a concern. Not Tim Hudson or Madison Bumgarner, although Bumgarner didn't even go five innings on Thursday. He labored every at bat, took a millennium between each pitch as if the ball weighed a ton. But he is not an area of concern.


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