Crawford still starting, but D needs to improve

Crawford still starting, but D needs to improve

PHOENIX -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has struggled at the plate and in the field through 25 games this season, but for now, manager Bruce Bochy isn't ready to make a move with the young player.

"Right now, he's our shortstop," Bochy said. "He's going to be out there, he has to deal with games like this. It's part of maturing as a player. You have a young player and you realize he's going to have games when he struggles."

Against the D-backs on Friday night, Crawford committed an error on a routine ball to start the third inning. The runner eventually came around to score.

"I don't want to make excuses, but there was a funny spin on it because it was a left-hander," Crawford said. "It was down on the ground the whole way then it came up on me. It's a play I need to make every time, though."

Later in the game, a line drive off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt deflected off Crawford's glove and into left field. The play wasn't ruled an error, but the 25-year-old acknowledged he should have made the catch.

"Anything that hits my glove I feel like I can make a play on," he said. "I want to make that play, but it was hit hard and I didn't."

Crawford ranks 27th out of 30 in errors, with seven, among qualifying Major League shortstops this season and he's batting .211 with one homer and eight RBIs.

"Again, I don't like using that excuse that I'm a young player, but I am probably trying to rush some things," Crawford said. "It's probably part of growing up and becoming a complete, more veteran player."

Bochy is remaining confident with his sophomore player, who batted eighth Saturday, but the manager recognizes the defense has to improve.

"He knows what his job is and that's to play shortstop," Bochy said. "We know there are going to be ups and downs, but we have to catch the ball better. It is concerning because it has been going on too long."