SAN FRANCISCO -- Much to manager Bruce Bochy's satisfaction, the Giants offense has been showing more signs of life lately. The buzzwords surrounding the turnaround? "Patience" and discipline."
It was that patience and discipline that helped the club tie their season high for runs scored in their 8-6 win on Friday. The Giants have drawn nine walks in each of their last two games, and have drawn 28 in their past four games.
"If we do a better job of getting the ball in play, which we have been, then good things happen when you do that," Bochy said. "Also, showing some discipline out there, being patient."
The skipper added that there was never any kind of formal hitters meeting where all of this was discussed. Instead, reinforcements and communication from hitting coach Hensley Meulens and the hitters are the keys.
"That's an ongoing, daily thing with Bam Bam [Meulens] and the hitters," Bochy said. "They're always talking about how they can improve."
The shining example: Angel Pagan, who has drawn three free passes in each of his last two games, and reached safely via hit or walk in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.