Giants give Crawford shot at No. 2 spot

Giants give Crawford shot at No. 2 spot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford became the ninth different Giant to bat second as he occupied that spot for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Though Crawford went 0-for-4 Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy pointed out that he made solid contact twice.

"He actually has been swinging the bat pretty well lately," Bochy said.

Entering Thursday, San Francisco's No. 2 hitters ranked 13th in the National League in slugging percentage (.336) and 12th in batting average (.243), on-base percentage (.308) and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage, .644). The Giants also had received one homer and 11 RBIs from their No. 2 hitters.

Freddy Sanchez was expected to solidify the second berth, but has remained sidelined while trying to overcome a dislocated right shoulder and, more recently, lower back stiffness.

"I'll continue to mix it up in that No. 2 hole until we find somebody we're comfortable with," Bochy said.