Bochy credits Reds' pitching, still confident in bats

Bochy credits Reds' pitching, still confident in bats

CINCINNATI -- The offensive numbers paint a particular portrait, one that suggests the Giants should be concerned. Manager Bruce Bochy has a different perspective, however.

"I think you look at the first game, we hit some balls good and had some tough luck there," said Bochy, whose team trails the Reds, 2-0, in the National League Division Series. "The second game, we just ran into a very well-pitched ballgame. Really saw a guy who was hitting spots, changing speeds."

San Francisco has just six harmless singles, two doubles and a solo home run through two contests. The Giants are hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Still, Bochy prefers to credit Cincinnati's pitching. Six Reds hurlers combined to limit the Giants to two runs on Saturday, and right-hander Bronson Arroyo yielded just one hit and a walk in seven dazzling innings on Sunday.

"It's two games and we're facing a team with good pitching," Bochy said. "You don't expect to score a lot of runs, but you have to score runs and we understand that. There is not one reason why we're not hitting better. I think you have to look at the pitching that we're facing. They've done a good job at this point."

No Giants hitter has tallied more than two hits. Bochy noted the struggles atop his batting order, where center fielder Angel Pagan and second baseman Marco Scutaro are a combined 1-for-17. The skipper penciled in the same lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 as he used in the first two tilts, confident that his club can turn around its offensive woes.

"We have put those games behind us and this team has bounced back," Bochy said. "No question, we've got to get the bats going."