The Giants' efficiency largely represents a continuation of last year, when they recorded the league's second-lowest strikeout total and hit a Major League-high .296 with runners in scoring position after the All-Star break.
"The guys have bought into [the offensive philosophy] more and more now," hitting coach Hensley Meulens said.
Meulens, who divides his duties with Joe Lefebvre, reviewed the basics the Giants try to follow: shortening up one's swing with two strikes; getting a good pitch to hit (a time-honored approach); and trying to hit pitches on a line drive down. That way, the batter is more likely to put the ball in play. If he mishits it up, he'll pop up or lift a lazy fly ball.
Meulens reiterated that the arrival of individuals such as Marco Scutaro, who strives to avoid striking out, has pushed other Giants to adopt the increasingly team-wide approach.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.