At the center of the improved defensive play as been Pablo Sandoval, who has returned from an injury to be a reliable defender at third base. Giants manager Bruce Bochy had questioned Sandoval's weight and conditioning while the 2011 All-Star was recovering from the injury, but has been pleased with Sandoval's infield play since he returned June 9.
"I think it's gotten better and better, and that's what I thought," Bochy said. "Defense is just like offense: It takes a little time, but it gets better."
Bochy said both the offense and defense has benefitted from a consistent lineup with Sandoval back at full health and Brandon Belt getting regular time at first base.
"To be honest, it's been real nice," Bochy said. "It's been a pleasure. It's made it easier on these guys. The game is a lot easier when you know what your role is and to be out there every day."