Bowker's big night snaps skid

Bowker's big night snaps skid

PHILADELPHIA -- John Bowker had been hitting in some hard luck during the Giants' recent homestand, going 1-for-17, and hitting just .143 with runners in scoring position. But Bowker sensed something different in his last game before leaving for this weekend's three-game series at Philadelphia.

The Giants first baseman start stinging the ball -- but at guys.

The rookie snapped out of his funk Friday night, with a career-high four hits in going 4-for-5, breaking the 1-for-26 spell (.083) he had been under.

"When I was going through that little slump, I felt I was still hitting the ball pretty well," said Bowker, who entered Saturday's game hitting .242, with three homers and nine RBIs. "My problem was hitting the ball right at guys. I was getting a little frustrated. Sometimes when that happens, you can stray and try to do things. But I kept things simple and what's worked for me."

What's worked for Bowker is being patient. He's seeing the ball much better at the plate and he's driving it.

"Just keeping things simple and not dwelling on bad at-bats has been a positive," Bowker said. "If I have a bad at-bat, I know I can go out and make a good play in the field to help us win. I'm learning a lot of things."

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.