MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH

SAN FRANCISCO -- When San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy looked for a way to improve upon his team's recent 5-14 slump against left-handed pitchers, he followed a traditional path Tuesday: He substituted a right-handed hitter for a lefty.

In this case, it was a curious move for more than one reason.

First off, Bochy chose to sit left-handed-hitting second baseman Joe Panik, who has been the least of his team's problems against lefties. Panik is hitting .389 against lefties this season.

The more logical choice for a night off would have seemed to be shortstop Brandon Crawford, who was coming off a two-error performance. Crawford entered Tuesday's game in a 10-for-63 slump.

The man Bochy chose to start in place of Panik was Matt Duffy. The rookie had just five hits in 26 at-bats this season before Tuesday's game.

Still, a manager doesn't win 1,599 games in his career not knowing what he is doing. Duffy and Crawford both had hits in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The question now is: What will Bochy do at second base and shortstop with the Giants facing yet another lefty Wednesday, the Rockies' Franklin Morales?

Utility man Joaquin Arias, who arrived at the ballpark with a stiff neck Tuesday and removed himself from the equation, could be another possibility. He is a right-handed hitter, and he has hits in seven of his past 12 at-bats.


MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 69-62

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Rockies (LHP Franklin Morales, 5-7, 5.32 ERA) at Giants (RHP Tim Hudson, 9-9, 2.99 ERA)


--LHP Madison Bumgarner came within six outs of his first perfect game Tuesday in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. After giving up a double to Rockies 1B Justin Morneau leading off the eighth inning, Bumgarner admitted afterward he wasn't disappointed for two reasons. First off, the veteran Morneau hit the pitch Bumgarner hoped to throw -- a curveball that was about to hit the ground when Morneau reached out and poked it into right field. And most important, the hit didn't impact the result of the game -- a much needed win for the playoffs-chasing Giants. Bumgarner completed a one-hit shutout and struck out a career-high-tying 13 without issuing a walk.

--RHP Tim Hudson will be looking for his second consecutive win when he faces the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Hudson is coming off one of his best efforts since the All-Star break, holding the Washington Nationals to one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 10-3 win. Hudson should enjoy seeing the Rockies, against whom he has lost just twice in 13 career starts. He has a 5-2 record and a 4.35 ERA in those games.

--C Buster Posey had just the second two-homer game of his career Tuesday in the Giants' 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. Posey broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot in the sixth inning, then added a solo blast to complete the scoring in the eighth. The only other time the former National League Most Valuable Player hit two homers in a game was July 7, 2010, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

--RHP Tim Lincecum threw a bullpen session alongside pitching coach Dave Righetti before Tuesday's game. The Giants were encouraged enough to make Lincecum available for a maximum of one inning of relief Tuesday. He wasn't needed, but he now could be called upon for at least two innings in Game 3 of the Colorado series Wednesday.