Ishikawa Breaks Out, Giants Continue Offensive Burst

Evan Aczon@TwoSeamGripeSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Travis Ishikawa #10 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants are starting to score some runs.

Given that they leave much to be desired on the offensive side of the ball, to say the least, the fact that they’ve had three straight games scoring at last four runs is very encouraging.

This last road trip was painful to watch. The Giants lost five out of six games by only one run, and scored nine runs in those five losses.

The pitching has been great, but the hitting has been letting them down, leaving a ton of runners on base, seemingly unable to get runners in with less than two outs.

Juan Uribe’s two-out double Saturday changed all that.

Since then, San Francisco is settling down at the plate, and the hitting has been contagious.

Whatever the reason is, Aaron Rowand is hitting a lot better out of the leadoff spot, and Edgar Renteria is still hovering around .300 with runners in scoring position.

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Fred Lewis is getting on base and also showing some power, hitting two homers in Seattle. When he gets on, his effectiveness as a player grows exponentially, as he can steal some bases while and score on base hits.

Emmanuel Burriss is doing a lot of things better at the plate: taking pitches, and using the long at-bats to evaluate a pitcher’s stuff.

Pablo Sandoval is out with an elbow injury, but that is allowing Juan Uribe to get some starts, and he’s making the most of it, getting some key hits and helping to spark the Giants’ offense.

Monday, Travis Ishikawa may not have silenced all of his critics, but he definitely opened some eyes.

Ishikawa had four hits Monday, including a monster home run over the right-center field wall. It was the first time a Giants first baseman homered this season, and it put them up 8-2, capping a huge outburst here on Memorial Day.

His offensive approach is coming around, and hopefully it continues in the next couple weeks.

The main change is the elimination of the loop that allowed pitchers to pound him inside, forcing him to pop up and leaving him open to breaking balls down in the zone.

On defense, his ability to throw the ball is rare, and his fielding is as slick as can be.

Will Clark? No, he’s not. J.T. Snow? Not quite, but if he can keep up this offense, he should be able to stick around.

The major change is that the Giants are getting hits in bunches. Instead of having a hit, a steal, a bunt, and then a flyout, which they have been struggling to get all season, they’re getting a lot of hits in a row.

They’re also getting some home runs, which means a lot for this Giants team. Lewis and Rowand are showing some power, which is even more important with Sandoval on the bench.

When it comes to the ultimate question of the potency of the Giants offense, the answer is the same: The Giants are not a good offensive team.

They need a hitter who can get the big hits consistently, and they don’t have it. But the type of offense they have now is the type of offense that was expected all season. If they continue to bunch hits together, the wins will come.

The pitching is coming up strong, and they just need some more games like today to win half of those games.

What do the Giants do now?

They shouldn’t trade an arm away. Thankfully the rumors involving Matt Cain aren’t true.

The way Sanchez pitched today, I’d like to think that maybe he’s still able to bring a good hitter in return.

Madison Bumgarner and Tim Alderson are untouchable, and they’re definitely on the fast track to getting to the Majors before next year.

See where this offense leads.

The Braves aren’t a team in the cellar. If they continue to hit off of Atlanta’s pitching, the Giants should hold off on making any moves until the offense dries up.

This is the kind of offense we expected, so let’s enjoy it while it's here and find out where it takes us.