Giants unleashing big offense on road

Giants unleashing big offense on road

Giants unleashing big offense on road
ST. LOUIS -- Bruce Bochy's eyebrows raised in an expression that suggested both surprise and satisfaction.

After his club had just routed the Cardinals, 15-0, at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night, the Giants manager was asked if he was aware his team was leading the league in runs scored on the road.

Bochy was not, but he was sure happy to hear it.

"It's hard to explain," Bochy said. "Obviously [AT&T Park] is not conducive to hitting. We know that, but for us to be where we're at as far as Major League teams, that's amazing really to me. That's not our type of game that we play, but it's great that we're scoring runs on the road."

The Giants entered Thursday leading the National League with 290 runs scored in away games this season and trail only the Angels (307) for most in the Majors. Conversely, San Francisco is 29th in baseball with 180 runs at home, leaving it 18th with 470 total runs.

San Francisco on Thursday wrapped up a seven-game road trip in which it's scored at least 15 runs twice and has averaged nine runs per game while going 5-1. While the Giants' bats have been red hot, third baseman Marco Scutaro noted that it's not just the offense getting it done.

The Giants have allowed fewer than four runs per game on the road trip, and Scutaro said success is to be expected on the road when everything is clicking.

"I think there's no doubt we play in a tough park in San Francisco," he said. "It's hard to hit [there]. But on the other hand, the way you win games is on pitching and defense, and we have very good pitching. Lately, we've just been playing as a team. We've put defense and offense together and you can see the result."