SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' struggles at the plate were front and center in the 10-0 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday, and manager Bruce Bochy's message to his team before Sunday's series finale was simple -- they need to start hitting.
"I think they know what's at stake from here on out," Bochy said. "We're quiet with the bats right now. We have to get those going to take the pressure off these pitchers."
Bochy was hoping Gregor Blanco's return to the lineup Sunday after having sat out of the starting lineup in six of the last seven games would help provide some offensive energy. Bochy had said previously that he wanted to rest Blanco for a few games with the right fielder batting .216 since June 1.
Blanco cemented his starting spot at the leadoff position in early May by igniting the Giants, then losers of seven of 10, to two wins against the D-backs.
"We need somebody to spark the club," Bochy said. "Last time in Arizona he was able to give us a spark. We're not at full strength right now with Pablo [Sandoval] being out, and [Blanco] has done it in the past as far as bringing energy to the club."