Morse returns after two-day break, pep talk
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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH
Michael Morse a two-game "mental break," manager Bruce Bochy sat down and had a friendly chat with his left fielder before putting him back in the starting lineup Wednesday night at Milwaukee.
Whether it was the rest or the pep talk that paid off, Morse came up with two hits and drove in three runs in the Giants' 7-4 victory over the NL Central-leading Brewers.
"We talked briefly," Bochy said. "He's done so much for this club, and I wanted him to know that. He's such a veteran. He's a man, and he gets it. ... He's helped put us in a good position. We have a lot of baseball left, and we haven't done anything. But because of him, we have a chance to get to where we want to go."
Morse came into the game hitting .270 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs but was hitless in his last 10 at-bats and had just two extra-base hits in his last 17 games.
"At times he was carrying us with big hits, not just home runs, but big hits," Bochy said. "He's got to relax and back off and have some fun with this."
MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Giants (RHP Jake Peavy, 0-2, 4.85 ERA) at Brewers (RHP Wily Peralta, 13-6, 3.52 ERA)
--CF Angel Pagan was expected to arrive in Milwaukee late Wednesday night and formally rejoin the Giants on Thursday when they wrap up a three-game series with the Brewers. Pagan, out since mid-June with a sore back, wrapped up a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Fresno, where he went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
--RHP Ryan Vogelsong gave up seven hits but held the Brewers to a run over six innings Wednesday night. In his last two starts, Volgelsong has given up just two earned runs while striking out eight in 15 innings.
--3B Pablo Sandoval hit his 14th home run of the season, part of a three-hit day that included three RBIs. Sandoval extended his hitting streak to seven games and has homered in two straight. He's batting .288 (14-for-36) over his last nine contests, with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
--LF Michael Morse returned to the lineup Wednesday after a two-day mental break. He responded in a big way, going 2-for-4 and with three RBIs. Morse was in an 0-for-10 slump before Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "At times he was carrying us with big hits, not just home runs, but big hits. He's got to relax and back off and have some fun with this." -- Manager Bruce Bochy, on OF Michael Morse.
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