Crawford finds success against left-hander

Crawford finds success against left-hander

DENVER -- Shortstop Brandon Crawford broke open Monday's game with a three-run double in the fifth that gave the Giants a 7-0 lead, which proved to be the final score. The left-handed-hitting Crawford, batting with one out, lined an opposite-field double into the left-field corner off left-handed reliever Matt Reynolds.

Last year, Crawford went 4-for-30 (.133) vs. left-handers with 12 strikeouts, one of which was against Reynolds. When Crawford came to bat in the fifth Monday, he was 1-for-12 overall and 1-for-2 with a strikeout against lefties.

Reynolds threw Crawford two sliders, the first a strike looking and the second a ball. Crawford took a fastball for a strike and then drove a fastball on the outer portion of the plate for his bases-clearing double.

"I knew he had struck me out before, so I wanted to keep my swing a little shorter," Crawford said. "I've gone through it enough times now that I think I know to just relax and keep it simple in that situation. It's been written that I struggled against [left-handers] last year, so to get a hit right there and kind prove people wrong, I guess, is always nice."