SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford's .208 batting average entering Wednesday might suggest that he lacks extra-base pop. Yet Crawford, the Giants' primary shortstop, had a team-high seven doubles, which tied him for seventh in the National League with six other players.
"I'm hitting the left-center gap pretty well this year," Crawford said. "I've never been a pull hitter. If I'm reacting to the [inside pitch] well and still hit the ball the opposite way, then I know my swing's there."
Don't scoff at Crawford's confidence, despite his low batting average. He has hit into a disproportionate number of line-drive outs.
"I've hit balls well this year that haven't found the outfield grass," Crawford said. Once Crawford's luck changes, his statistics are bound to diversify. "All my hits won't be doubles," he said.