Giants appreciating big home crowds

Giants appreciating big home crowds

Giants appreciating big home crowds
SAN FRANCISCO -- Through Sunday, the Giants had played before sellout crowds in each of their 12 home dates.

The Giants have noticed, too.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," second baseman Freddy Sanchez said. "The fans are so alive on every pitch. It does make a difference, I feel."

As an example, Sanchez cited Friday night, when he rapped the game-winning single in the ninth inning after fans began chanting his name.

"I had terrible at-bats the whole night, but when you get up there and hear that and the place is going crazy, you just get locked in that much more," Sanchez said. "On defense, you're on your toes a little more. I definitely think it gives us an advantage, especially late in the game."

Manager Bruce Bochy agreed that the Giants sense the fans' overwhelming support.

"That's why we're so appreciative of what we have here," he said. "It played a critical role in our success last year. You're always self-motivated and you play to win, but when you have the kind of support we have here, it's added incentive to play well for your fans."

The Giants' sellout streak might be in jeopardy Tuesday, when they begin a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.