"He has done what you hope these young players do, and that's improve and force their way onto your club," Bochy said.Downs, who started 17 games at second base during Freddy Sanchez's absence, drew designated-hitting duties Saturday. Bochy considered using Sanchez as the DH, but the veteran expressed a preference for playing defensively. Upon granting Sanchez's wishes, Bochy didn't hesitate to call on Downs. "You usually don't DH a young kid like this, but that's how well he's been swinging the bat," Bochy said. Rohlinger hit .200 (2-for-10) in seven games since being recalled May 7 when Renteria went on the DL.
"He didn't get a lot of playing time, but this kid has really improved," Bochy said. "Instead of having him sitting here, we want to keep him playing."