SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval was batting .571 (12 for 21) with runners in scoring position to share the major league lead with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt going into Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.
Sandoval is a tough hitter in such situations in part because he keeps the ball in play. Overall, the switch-hitter has only seven strikeouts in 73 at-bats.
Manager Bruce Bochy credited for Sandoval for improving his plate discipline just enough to make a big difference. "He still expands the zone,'' Bochy said, "he's just not expanding it by as much."