May 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) celebrates a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants "2 Out Hits Toteboard" Week 5

I’m back with another edition of the toteboard. It’s been a strange week for the logic behind my weekly toteboard. It hasn’t been the two-out hit that has gotten the job done, but rather the solo home run.

I know, it flies in the face of my “2 out hits are the key to life” mantra. But I’m not complaining. However the Giants want to win baseball games is fine with me.

Angel Pagan didn’t have a single hit with 2 outs this past week. It didn’t matter, he had 2 home runs to leadoff games instead. That set the tone early. Even after an 0-fer this week in the 2-out hit department, Pagan still leads with his 11 this season.

The Giants batting average with 2 outs went up slightly over the past week. I stress slightly. They ended last week hitting .218 with two outs. This week the Giants went 14 for 62 (.226) to raise their average on the season to a cool .219.

Michael Morse led the way with 3 two-out hits this past week. Buster Posey (2), Brandon Crawford(2), and Morse combined for 7 of the Giants 14 two-out hits last week. Here are the numbers heading in to Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

AB R H ▾ 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO 1 Angel Pagan 32 32 3 11 2 0 1 10 0 6 .344 .344 .500 .844 .400
2 Mike Morse 31 29 5 10 4 0 1 12 1 7 .345 .387 .586 .973 .429
3 Buster Posey 43 36 8 10 1 0 2 5 6 5 .278 .395 .472 .868 .276
4 Hunter Pence 40 34 9 7 0 0 2 5 6 5 .206 .325 .382 .707 .185
5 Brandon Belt 35 34 8 6 1 0 2 5 1 10 .176 .200 .382 .582 .182
6 Brandon Hicks 25 20 6 5 2 0 1 5 4 7 .250 .400 .500 .900 .333
7 Brandon Crawford 33 28 6 5 1 0 1 6 5 9 .179 .303 .321 .624 .222
8 Pablo Sandoval 40 36 6 5 1 0 0 2 4 10 .139 .225 .167 .392 .192
9 Madison Bumgarner 8 8 1 3 1 0 1 4 0 4 .375 .375 .875 1.250 .667
10 Ehire Adrianza 9 9 3 2 1 0 0 2 0 3 .222 .222 .333 .556 .333
11 Joaquin Arias 15 14 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .143 .200 .143 .343 .154
12 Hector Sanchez 16 16 2 0 0 0 3 0 6 .125 .125 .125 .250 .200
13 Matt Cain 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 .333
14 Gregor Blanco 15 13 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 .077 .200 .231 .431 .100
15 Tim Hudson 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400 .333
16 Juan Perez 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333 .333
17 Ryan Vogelsong 6 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333 .250
18 Yusmeiro Petit 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
19 Tim Lincecum 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Team Total 366 333 63 73 14 1 11 62 30 87 .219 .290 .366 .656 .264
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/5/2014.

It seems strange, but the Giants accept the challenge when the stakes are raised. With 2 outs and runners in scoring position, the Giants lead all of baseball with an average of .292 (35-for-120).

Brandon Hicks has shined with 2 outs and RISP this season going 3 for 8 with a hoe run. Angel Pagan still leads with his 7 clutch hits, but again did not have any this past week.

Michael Morse is once again front and center. He has gone 6 for 13 (.462) with 2 home runs and 11 driven in with 2 outs and RISP. He’s been a great addition to the lineup and seems made for these situations.

AB R H ▾ 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO 1 Angel Pagan 17 17 3 7 2 0 1 10 0 4 .412 .412 .706 1.118 .500
2 Mike Morse 13 13 5 6 2 0 1 11 0 5 .462 .462 .846 1.308 .714
3 Brandon Hicks 11 8 6 3 1 0 1 5 2 1 .375 .545 .875 1.420 .333
4 Brandon Crawford 16 12 5 3 1 0 0 5 4 3 .250 .438 .333 .771 .333
5 Brandon Belt 14 13 6 3 0 0 1 4 1 5 .231 .286 .462 .747 .286
6 Buster Posey 15 11 6 3 0 0 0 2 4 1 .273 .467 .273 .739 .300
7 Hunter Pence 11 7 6 2 0 0 0 3 4 1 .286 .545 .286 .831 .333
8 Pablo Sandoval 11 9 6 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 .222 .364 .222 .586 .250
9 Hector Sanchez 8 8 2 0 0 0 3 0 4 .250 .250 .250 .500 .500
Team Total 140 120 54 35 6 0 5 53 19 33 .292 .393 .467 .860 .366
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/5/2014.

I’ll see you again next week for another look at how the Giants are doing with 2 outs. With the way the team has been playing, I’m ok if they are few and far between. Wins matter, and right now the Giants have won 9 of their last 10 games.

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