08/13/08 11:59 PM ET
Giants add young trio to lineup
Ishikawa, Sandoval, Rohlinger brought up from Minors
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"I really got stronger in my faith and I think putting all my trust in Him made the difference between this year and years past," said Ishikawa, 24.Ishikawa hit .299 with 24 homers and 94 RBIs in 112 games with Connecticut and Fresno, including .463 with seven homers in 11 games this month at Triple-A.
"I couldn't tell you what I was doing," Ishikawa said of his offensive surge.Rohlinger, 24, received an instant opportunity, starting Wednesday at third base. He committed two errors -- a wild first-inning throw and a seventh-inning fielding misplay -- but also stroked a seventh-inning RBI double.
"The more games you play, the more comfortable you're going to get," said Rohlinger, who hit .289 with 13 homers and 65 RBIs in 117 games at San Jose and Connecticut.Rohlinger became the 13th Giants rookie to make his Major League debut this season, equaling the 1996 team's record for the most in a year since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958. Bowker, another member of this year's rookie class, homered in each of his first two games and drove in seven runs, but had fallen into a deepening slump. He hit .117 with only three extra-base hits in his last 24 games, dropping his average from .284 to .247. He hadn't homered since July 2, a span of 96 at-bats. "It's pretty obvious that I haven't been performing," Bowker said. "I think it was more that I was getting myself out -- swinging at pitches I shouldn't be missing."
But, he added, "I'm not going to change anything with my swing. It's more my approach. I'm going to go back to keeping things simple."Bowker likely will return in September, when active rosters can be expanded to 40 players. Bochy, for one, will welcome him.
"Johnny was a shot in the arm," he said, referring to Bowker's torrid start. "He should feel good about where he's at this year."Like Bowker, Castillo had struggled lately, hitting .105 (4-for-38) in his last 10 games as his average dipped from .261 to .244. He had only four extra-base hits in his final 26 games. The Giants have 10 days to trade Castillo, release him or send him to the Minors if he accepts his assignment.
"He's done a lot," Bochy said. "There may be some interest from a contending club in him. That's what we're hoping."Castillo, claimed off waivers on March 22, also wants another big league opportunity.
"I'm surprised," he said. "I played well for this team."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.