6/14/2014 10:30 P.M. ET
Giants give struggling Hicks break from starting
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to ease Brandon Hicks' mind and fix his hitting mechanics, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he plans to rest the slumping second baseman for a couple of days.
Hicks' eight homers have helped bolster the Giants' offense. But he's hitting only .177, including .125 (8-for-64) in his last 22 games. The right-handed batter has struck out in seven of his last 10 at-bats, increasing his team-high total to 70. Hicks entered Saturday's game as part of a double-switch in the seventh inning and fanned in his lone plate appearance.
"He's probably fighting it and pressing," said Bochy, who noticed that Hicks was "pulling off the ball" when he swings. Bochy guessed that as he spoke before Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies, Hicks likely was in the batting cage, trying to fix his swing. But, Bochy added, "Sometimes less is more, as we say."
Bochy said he talked to Hicks and assured him that he wouldn't get stuck on the bench. Bochy also indicated that the Giants have no imminent deal for a second baseman, though speculation has linked them to Philadelphia's Chase Utley.
"Nothing's happening right now," Bochy said.
Ehire Adrianza replaced Hicks at second base for Saturday's game against Colorado. Joaquin Arias was another candidate, but Bochy, who values Hicks' defense, noted that Adrianza possesses more fielding range than Arias.
Hall of Famer Brock pays visit to Giants' clubhouse
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lou Brock's reputation preceded him, which is saying something given the speed he once displayed.
"Ready to steal a base?" Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco asked the Hall of Famer, who visited the team's clubhouse Saturday morning.
"Can you give me some basestealing tips?" right fielder Hunter Pence said during a lively exchange with Brock, 74.
Brock, who set career and single-season records for stolen bases until Rickey Henderson shattered both marks, was in town as a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association. One base Brock didn't steal occurred in a 1978 game when Giants manager Bruce Bochy, then catching for the Houston Astros, threw out Brock at second base.
"I told him it's a good thing they didn't have instant replay then," Bochy jokingly said.
A six-time All-Star with St. Louis, Brock was visiting AT&T Park for the first time. Naturally, he had indelible memories of performing at windy Candlestick Park, which is bound to be demolished or imploded in the near future.
"I called for a fly ball that Willie McCovey hit," said Brock, who ranged far from his spot in left field to make the play. "I caught it in shallow right field."
Bochy patient with Pagan, Romo after rough game
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy intended to speak with center fielder Angel Pagan about his pair of misguided throws in the ninth inning of Friday night's 7-4 loss to Colorado.
But Bochy didn't want to jump down Pagan's throat.
"These guys know when they should have made a different choice," Bochy said Saturday, less than a day after Pagan's throws enabled Rockies runners to advance to second base, robbing the Giants of double-play opportunities. Colorado proceeded to score five runs, erasing San Francisco's 4-2 lead.
"We will talk about it," Bochy said. "But I'd like to give it a little time."
Bochy's chat probably won't include Pagan's attempt Saturday to corral Brandon Barnes' ninth-inning drive that became a two-run, game-winning, inside-the-park homer. "It looked like a soft-served base hit, but it hit and really skipped and just got by [Pagan]," Bochy said after Colorado's 5-4 victory.
Bochy also remained patient with closer Sergio Romo, who blew his second save in two games to the Rockies on Saturday.
"That's a tough one for Sergio. He was throwing the ball well," Bochy said. "Two outs, nobody on and they come up with a little blooper there" -- a reference to Charlie Blackmon's single that prolonged the inning for Barnes.