DENVER -- Six games into the season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy finally found a start for the last of his bench players, putting right-handed reserve Brett Pill in the lineup at first base and batting fifth against Rockies southpaw Jamie Moyer.
"He needs a start," Bochy said. "He's the last guy that hasn't had a start, so we'll get him out there. It's a day game."
Pill made his big league debut last September and started 13 of the final 26 games, hitting .300 (15-for-50) with a pair of home runs and nine RBIs.
"I'm used to playing every day in the Minor Leagues," Pill said before Thursday's start. "They explained what my role is when I made the team. Any time I go in there, it's easy to come [inside] and hit in the cage and get ready. Just kind of pay attention to the game and keep your mind thinking instead of just spacing out. It's easy up here [in the Majors], though. You have so much adrenaline. I feel fine coming off the bench."
Pill entered the game 1-for-3 on the season, hitting a pinch-hit homer Saturday off the D-backs' Daniel Hudson. He was hit by Moyer's 79 mph fastball in his first appearance as a starter Thursday and then stroked an RBI single in the third inning. As a right-handed bench bat in a lefty-laden lineup, Pill expects to see the majority of his starts against southpaws.
"It'll be good to get out," Pill said. "So far I've just been waiting around and coming in in games. It's exciting that I'll get more than one at-bat. I'll have a good time."