"I wanted to reward him," Bochy said of Arias. "He hasn't been getting a lot of playing time."
Though the sample size was small, Arias probably was helped by his 2-for-3 career hitting against formidable Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Though Bochy didn't indicate that Hicks had lost his status as the Giants' primary second baseman, he did point out that Arias had the potential to "get on a roll." The prime example of this was August 2012, when Arias hit .417 with a 1.154 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) while mostly substituting at third base for an injured Pablo Sandoval.
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