Panik's emergence at second 'saved' Giants

Panik's emergence at second 'saved' Giants

WASHINGTON -- Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro played only five games this season due to back problems. And that could have been a big issue for San Francisco, which ended up starting seven players at that important up-the-middle position, including taking a look at Dan Uggla after he was released by the Braves.

By the end of the season, though, 23-year-old rookie Joe Panik had taken over. After being called up from Triple-A Fresno, where he was hitting .321, he started 66 games and batted .305.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

"Joe filled a need for this club," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We tried different guys, but he stepped in right away and started playing great baseball. At the right time, I should add. Probably saved us -- we needed help there.

"You look at him, there isn't a tool that stands out. He's a ballplayer. That's what he is. And a good one. He's solid all around, both sides of the ball. Put him in the two-hole and he's done a nice job in that spot."

Paul Hagen is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.