SAN FRANCISCO -- It's quite a jump, from the eighth place in the lineup to second.
For Brandon Crawford though, it's been less a leap and more a painless makeover.
So much so that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had him there against the Oakland A's on Saturday for the third consecutive game. Crawford was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs against St. Louis on Thursday, and 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's Interleague series opener.
Bochy likes Crawford's new look, for a couple of reasons.
"It's to have him get some better pitches," Bochy said. "And the eight-hole is a tough place to hit in the National League, the way they pitch. Also, I think he's earned it a little bit. His at-bats have gotten a little better, and we're searching for that two-hole hitter. He's a guy that can pull the ball. I think I'm going to stay with that."
Crawford had batted eighth in 20 of the Giants' previous games, in which they went 10-10.
Bochy pleased with Giants' patience at plate
SAN FRANCISCO -- Much to manager Bruce Bochy's satisfaction, the Giants offense has been showing more signs of life lately. The buzzwords surrounding the turnaround? "Patience" and discipline."
It was that patience and discipline that helped the club tie their season high for runs scored in their 8-6 win on Friday. The Giants have drawn nine walks in each of their last two games, and have drawn 28 in their past four games.
"If we do a better job of getting the ball in play, which we have been, then good things happen when you do that," Bochy said. "Also, showing some discipline out there, being patient."
The skipper added that there was never any kind of formal hitters meeting where all of this was discussed. Instead, reinforcements and communication from hitting coach Hensley Meulens and the hitters are the keys.
"That's an ongoing, daily thing with Bam Bam [Meulens] and the hitters," Bochy said. "They're always talking about how they can improve."
The shining example: Angel Pagan, who has drawn three free passes in each of his last two games, and reached safely via hit or walk in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.