Giants Extras: Playoff baseball in May, visiting Melky, etc.

Posey on Lincecum: 'We were on the same page'

Giants Extras: Playoff baseball in May, visiting Melky, etc.
May 12, 2013, 6:15 pm
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The Giants outscored Atlanta 23-4 in the final three games of the series. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have hit 18 home runs in their last 15 games and closed the Braves series performing at a high level on both sides of the ball.

"That's some of the better baseball we've played this year," Buster Posey said about the last three home games. After losing Game 1, the Giants outscored Atlanta 23-4 to battle back for the long series victory.

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"The offense did a nice job this series," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Good to see the long ball. Even (Marco) Scutaro jumped in on it."

Scutaro, who went 156 times at-bats since his last home run, almost sent two balls into the left-field bleachers Sunday. There is some ambiguity about his second drive to the fence, as it could have been an out, a double or a home run before a fan appeared to interfere with it. After review provided no clarity, it was ruled a double -- no surprise the way Scutaro is going at the plate right now.

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The Giants' second baseman is one of four Giants currently enjoying hot streaks. He is 23-for-48 (.479) over his 12-game hitting streak. Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford each extended their hitting streaks to six games Sunday.

Everything seems positive after San Francisco closed the 7-3 homestand strong, but the Giants needed the long ball in a big way Sunday. They were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners.

Their next opponent won't be of the conventional variety, as they face reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winning knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Tuesday. Hunter Pence has the most experience against Dickey, collecting three hits in 19 at-bats, but Marco Scutaro has the most success with three hits in seven attempts.

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"Passports!" graced the whiteboard in the Giants clubhouse, reminding the players to properly prepare for a trip north of the border.

Bruce Bochy hasn't seen Melky Cabrera since he left the team last season, and he hasn't put much thought into what will be discussed, but the manager is looking forward to honoring his former player with his 2012 World Series ring.

"What happened, happened," Bochy said. "It's behind us. He is a good person and he was a good teammate."

Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo aren't putting too much significance into it, and haven't kept in strong contact with the former teammate.

Cabrera, who tied the Giants franchise for hits in a month with 51 last May, is batting .261 (40-for-153) with one home run and 11 RBI for the Blue Jays this year.

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Prior to the game, Gregor Blanco dedicated his Mother's Day performance to his mom, who passed away seven years ago with brain cancer. He's worn a pink bracelet every day this year in honor of her, but he was excited Sunday to don the pink accents in additional recognition, and vowed to use his pink bat every at-bat he got.

Blanco, who knocked in four runs off the bench on Saturday, went 1-for-3 at the plate Sunday. His one hit was a majestic blast that landed in triple's alley … for a double. The ball took an unfortunate bounce off the brick facade and into the center-field bleachers, stopping play and sending Brandon Belt back to third and Blanco all the way back to second.

It took the pressure off third-base coach Tim Flannery, who might have been thinking about sending the speedy Blanco home to attempt an inside-the-parker. Neither Belt nor Blanco scored.

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Hunter Pence was ineffective at the plate Sunday, going 0-for-5. But he was busy in right field, tracking down everything from high pop flies down the right-field line to sharp line drives in the gap.

He also stole his team-leading seventh base of the season in part of the Giants' two-run fifth inning.

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