Torres could see action in series finale

Torres could see action in series finale

SAN FRANCISCO -- When a left-hander is starting for the opposition, as is the case Wednesday when the Giants conclude their three-game series against the San Diego Padres, manager Bruce Bochy is increasingly likely to have switch-hitting outfielder Andres Torres in the lineup.

Statistically, Torres is a preferable alternative. He's batting .333 (15-for-45) against left-handers, compared to Randy Winn's .158 (18-for-114) and Fred Lewis' .167 (9-for-54).

Moreover, Torres tends to capitalize on his scattered opportunities.

Last Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Giants and Phillies were locked in a scoreless tie when Torres ended the monotony with a two-out, fifth-inning RBI single. That was overshadowed by back-to-back homers from Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand in the following inning, but Bochy credited Torres with activating San Francisco's offense. It represented a nice recovery by Torres, who was caught stealing in the ninth inning one night earlier.

Torres, who made the Opening Day squad as a non-roster player, has often gone unnoticed but has contributed to the Giants' success. San Francisco is 15-5 in games he has started and is 40-17 (entering Tuesday) whenever he plays.

Pitching matchup
SF: LHP Barry Zito (9-11, 3.95 ERA)
Zito settled down after the Brewers scored two runs, stole three bases and pounded three long fly balls just foul in the first inning, but he was replaced after throwing 96 pitches through four frames. Largely responsible for his departure was his count of five walks, something that has plagued the left-hander on two recent occasions. He allowed six walks on Aug. 24 at Colorado -- and six walks in his other five August starts combined.

SD: LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 6.06 ERA)
In his best career outing to date, LeBlanc held the Dodgers to two hits over six scoreless innings in his last start Friday. The left-hander, who gets a lot of mileage out of his changeup, showed much better command than he did in his first two starts earlier this season when he allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two against the Dodgers and, while giving up several hard-hit balls that were turned into outs, pitched well.

Uribe joined select company with his performance Monday, when he homered twice, tripled and drove in five runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other Giant to accumulate at least 11 total bases and five RBIs in a game at AT&T Park is Barry Bonds, who accomplished the feat on April 18, 2004, against the Dodgers. ... Winn's wife, Blessings, gave birth to the couple's third child Monday night, a boy named Shannon Dwight Winn. ... The Giants' high-Class A San Jose franchise established a team record for victories. San Jose's 93-47 mark was eclipsed in the Minor Leagues only by San Diego's Fort Wayne affiliate, which finished 94-46.

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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Giants (Matt Cain, 13-4, 2.51) vs. Dodgers (Randy Wolf, 10-6, 3.22), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Giants (Jonathan Sanchez, 6-11, 4.03) vs. Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda, 5-6, 4.15), 6:05 p.m. PT

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.