Ramp It Up! (Think I have that by “Groovey” Joe Poovey on a dismali geared Rollin’ Rock EP)
Then came a radical recovery, traced to an early August series at Coors Field, where offensive dreams come true - the Giants finally clutched up, hitting when it counts, and they swung all the way to their second division title in three years.
On Aug. 2, the Giants ended a dreadful homestand, having lost seven of eight games and hitting .167 with runners in scoring position in the seven losses, their RISP season average dropping to .229.
Three things happened on Aug. 3, the day the series opened in Denver.
Manager Bruce Bochy held a 20-minute pregame team meeting and gave his “pedal to the metal” speech, saying his players needed to “man up and be tougher” at the plate.
...It has helped that Pence and Marco Scutaro, also acquired before the trade deadline, became RBI machines. Despite his .224 average as a Giant, Pence has 40 RBIs in 54 games. Scutaro has 41 RBIs in 57 games while hitting .361 since his trade.
“They deserve a lot of that credit,” Buster Posey said. “Success breeds confidence.”
...Posey has been good all season, a .353 hitter in RISP situations, especially since the All-Star break (.458). Unlike Belt, who has benefited from trying to take every at-bat in similar fashion, Posey admitted, “You ramp it up” with men in scoring position.
“You need to get hits when you’re meant to get hits,” Meulens said. “Keep the line moving and score runs. That’s how you help the team win.”
Posted: September 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
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