SAN FRANCISCO -- Sure, the Giants could use some more runs. Coming into Sunday's Interleague series finale against the A's, they ranked 21st in the Majors and 11th in the National League with 3.83 runs per game.
The quickest way to score would be through the long ball, but those have been few and far between, especially at home. San Francisco has hit just six homers at AT&T Park, compared with 19 on the road.
Manager Bruce Bochy was asked if the players are thinking it's officially easier said than done at home.
"I don't think so," Bochy said. "Buster [Posey] said it well yesterday: 'I just have to hit it further.' It's not so much home runs. Doubles, that's power, too. That works for you. I know we'll hit more home runs. We'll get Pablo [Sandoval] back, that'll help. But we're not a power-hitting club."
Sandoval, on the DL with a broken bone in his left hand, is still a couple of weeks away from returning.
For now, the Giants are two games above .500. Bochy referenced the past when asked if it meant something that his team is winning despite the lack of the long ball.
"You go back to when we had a great year a couple of years ago, the home run helped us," Bochy said. "[Pat] Burrell, Posey, [Juan] Uribe. They popped one at the right time. We don't have that, but we have added speed, which will help."