SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are keeping the ball inside the ballpark, but they're still finding ways to produce runs -- a lot of them, at that.
The Giants entered Tuesday's game against the D-backs tied atop the National League with 252 runs since the All-Star break despite only having 30 home runs in the second half, well behind second-to-last Miami (38), not to mention Major League-leading Oakland (74).
"It might bother me if we weren't scoring runs or getting beat," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But right now we're doing a good job of getting the timely hits and keeping the chain moving. The long ball is nice, it really is, but if you get guys on base, you'll need to get timely hits, and we've been doing that."
The lack of long balls follows a season-long trend, with the Giants dead last in the Major League rankings with 81 home runs. The Majors-leading Yankees (202) have hit more than twice as many out.
"The last thing you want to do is mention it to these guys," Bochy said. "It's hard enough to hit Major League pitching without trying to hit home runs. We just have to keep swinging the way we've been swinging."
Behind the Giants' recent offensive success has been their improved hitting with runners in scoring position, something that dogged San Francisco hitters throughout the first half. The Giants entered the All-Star break ranking second to last in the NL with a .225 average with runners in scoring position, but they have led the NL with a .311 average in those situations since then. In the last two games alone entering Tuesday, the Giants batted .600 (15-for-25) with runners in scoring position, combining for 16 runs in the two comeback wins.
"We've just had better at-bats," Bochy said. "Guys are putting the ball in play a little more often. What was hurting us before were the strikeouts. You have to go compete up there and try to get the ball in play."