SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' pitchers have been doing themselves favors this October, providing offense to the tune of a record four-game hitting streak that includes RBIs in each of those four postseason games.
Barry Zito's fourth-inning single off Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series ran that streak to four postseason games with not only a hit but an RBI from a pitcher, beating the previous streak of three such games by the 1970 Orioles pitchers in the American League Championship Series -- obviously back when pitchers had to bat in the AL, too.
"Oh, it's been huge. Really Zito, [Matt] Cain, [Ryan] Vogelsong, that's helping your cause," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Pitchers can just help themselves in different ways, whether it's holding runners, fielding their position or find a way to get a bunt down or even drive in a run.
"I mean, they're part of the offense, too, and that's why we, just like a lot of clubs, we spend a lot of time, they take batting practice every day. They bunt every day, and there's a good chance they could come up there and help themselves, and our guys have done a great job."
With two RBIs this postseason, Zito became the first Giants pitcher to do that since Hal Schumacher in 1933.
Of course, the Giants won't have the advantage of their swinging arms in Detroit starting with Game 3, and Bochy has said the designated hitter will come from a group that includes Hector Sanchez, Aubrey Huff and perhaps Pablo Sandoval, with Joaquin Arias taking over at third base.