DETROIT -- As Sunday's Game 4 approached, one of Giants manager Bruce Bochy's biggest concerns was the club's offense. The Giants needed shutout pitching to win Games 2 and 3 of the World Series, because they scored only two runs each night. They also struck out 18 times, including 12 in Saturday's Game 3. These were the same Giants who finished with the National League's second-fewest strikeouts. "We're striking out quite a bit lately, and I think we can do a little better job of trying to put the ball in play than what's happened here recently," Bochy said. "That's what's made us a better club, particularly in the second half."
The Giants batted a Major League-high .296 with runners in scoring position after the All-Star break. Before the break, they posted a .225 average in such situations, next to last in the National League.