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06/11/08 10:06 PM ET
Hinshaw bounces back from homer
Giants left-hander strikes out three Rockies after Atkins' shot
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
DENVER -- The Giants already knew that Alex Hinshaw could throw strikes. Now they know he can be resilient. The rookie left-hander struck out three consecutive Colorado Rockies after yielding Garrett Atkins' seventh-inning home run Tuesday. That hiked Hinshaw's strikeout total to 16 in only 8 1/3 innings, spanning 12 relief appearances. Hinshaw felt that shrugging off Atkins' homer was the most logical course of action. "As soon as he hit it, it's over with," said Hinshaw, who owns a 4.32 ERA. "You can't change it. You have to go back to executing and trusting your plan. Hopefully good things will happen and I was fortunate enough to have good things happen after that." After almost a month with the Giants, Hinshaw has noticed definite differences between Major League hitters and their Minor League counterparts. "They don't miss mistake pitches," Hinshaw said of the big leaguers. "They're a lot more strike-zone conscious. They don't chase 'pitcher's pitches' as much as they do in Triple-A."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.