DENVER -- Concerned with the state of the Giants' offense, manager Bruce Bochy led a 15-minute team meeting before Friday's batting practice in an attempt to stimulate the hitters. During a 3-7 homestand, which included seven losses in eight games, the Giants batted only .220 and averaged 2.9 runs per game. Excepting Monday's season-high 16-hit effort against New York, the Giants' average sank to .196. They totaled seven hits while losing the homestand's final two games against the Mets. Yet San Francisco entered Friday leading the National League West by a half-game over Los Angeles and two games over Arizona. "We have to show some resolve here," Bochy said.
Bochy urged the Giants to "compete better" in their plate appearances -- that is, be more aggressive and sustain more intensity throughout the game. "You have to be a little tougher," Bochy said. "When you're not getting results, you compound the problem by taking it into the next at-bat."