Double plays turning into 'epidemic' for Giants

Double plays turning into 'epidemic' for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Seventy-five games into the season, anybody who slightly follows the Giants knows that double plays have been more than a problem this season.

Before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Giants manager Bruce Bochy all but called them a disease.

"It's gotten contagious. It's become an epidemic, really," Bochy said. "I wish there was an easy cure for this. ... It just so happens we're in a little funk right now, even unusual ones -- fly-ball double plays -- and it's something I hope we get through soon."

The Giants hit into five double plays in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, including one in the seventh inning, when, with runners on the corners and no outs, Pablo Sandoval tried to take second base on a fly ball to right field, thinking Aaron Rowand -- on third -- was breaking for home.

The three double plays the Giants grounded into Monday night upped their total to seven in their past five games and 81 for the season -- the most in the National League and second most in the Majors.

San Francisco is on pace to ground into 175 double plays this season, which would break the Major League record of 174 set in 1990 by Boston. The franchise record is 153, set in 1939.

"I don't see it staying at this pace," Bochy said. "But it is hurting us."