Giants shoring up defense, especially at third

Giants shoring up defense, especially at third

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants may still lead the National League with 60 errors committed, but solidified infield play has boosted the overall defense as of late. Heading in Friday's game against the Reds, the Giants' defense had gone six games without committing an error and has just three in the last 15 games.

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."