Schierholtz enjoying torrid start to season

Schierholtz enjoying torrid start to season

CINCINNATI -- Nate Schierholtz went 3-for-5 in both games of Monday's doubleheader sweep of the New York Mets at Citi Field, becoming the first Giants player to have at least three hits in two wins on the same day since Tito Fuentes in 1973, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. More importantly, it kept Schierholtz on a hot streak to begin the 2012 season.

The right fielder had two triples, a home run and three RBIs in the two games to raise his season average to .372 heading into Tuesday's game.

"I'm just having fun and not over-thinking things," said Schierholtz. "We're just trying to win games. When you focus on the team and winning, everything else just falls into place."

The Giants have won their last four series since being swept at Arizona to open the season and are 9-4 since those opening games to climb above .500 and into second place in the National League West. As much praise as the pitching receives, it's been more than just Schierholtz's bat that has been hot. San Francisco has scored four or more runs in 13 of its 16 games, and its 4.44 runs-per-game average is fifth-best in the NL.

"We've been having good at-bats offensively and putting up runs," said Schierholtz. "That's always been the story here. As long as we can put up four or more runs per game, our pitching staff is the best there is."