Blanco emerging as potent leadoff hitter

Blanco emerging as potent leadoff hitter

MIAMI -- The Giants have dropped two of their first three games against the Marlins this weekend, but it hasn't been because of Gregor Blanco.

The 28-year-old entered Sunday's game with eight hits in 14 at-bats, to go along with four runs scored and an RBI in the series. Blanco is hitting .340 with a .453 on-base percentage in his past 13 games.

"I've been working with my hitting coach to just try to focus on keeping the ball on the ground and hitting low liners," Blanco said. "That has been my game. I have to do what I need to do to be a leadoff hitter and get on base."

This season, he has done just that. Blanco has shown the patience needed to be a solid leadoff hitter, as he leads San Francisco with 20 walks in only 121 plate appearances.

And in 90 at-bats as the Giants' leadoff hitter, Blanco has already scored 20 runs.

"I'm just trying to be consistent," he said. "I think if I hit the ball on the ground, my legs can do the rest. I know I can run, and all I need to do is put the ball on the ground."