Giants' newcomers contributing nicely

Giants' newcomers contributing nicely

Giants' newcomers contributing nicely
ST. LOUIS -- Having been traded before, Ryan Vogelsong knows well the pressure a player can't put on himself when he changes environments and is expected to produce right away.

With that in mind, Vogelsong, along with the rest of his Giants teammates, can't help but be impressed with what both recently acquired Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro have done in their short time with San Francisco.

"Marco is a solid player, and he's been a solid player his whole career. Obviously Hunter, he's a front-line player in this league," Vogelsong said after the new Giants made big contributions in Wednesday night's win in St. Louis. "Hopefully those guys are settling in a bit. They're both giving us professional at-bats," Vogelsong said. "That's all we're looking for."

Scutaro's seven RBIs on Wednesday -- which included a ninth-inning grand slam -- were a career high. Pence added a pair of RBIs for his second multi-RBI game in the last four days.

When asked if he was feeling settled in yet, Pence barely hesitated.

"Yeah, I do," Pence said. "They've made it pretty easy on me. It's a good group of guys, a good staff. I'm as settled in as you get and I'm enjoying being a part of this run we're making."

"He can hit," Bochy said of Pence. "He came over and what I said earlier was, 'Get settled in.' I see it. I thought that was big for him to get those timely hits."

As for Scutaro, Bochy is greatly appreciative of the versatility Scutaro offers. The 37-year-old utility man has played both third and second for the Giants.

While Scutaro was acquired to fill the void at third base with Pablo Sandoval on the mend with a strained left hamstring, Bochy said with the way Scutaro has been swinging the bat, he'll have to find a way to fit Scutaro into the lineup when Sandoval returns likely within the next week.

"Right now, sure," Bochy said. "[Scutaro will] continue to be out there. What he gives you right now is depth."