Most of the Giants' fan base is ready to turn the page to 2014. The organization is not. A perturbed general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy were on the phone until midnight after Tuesday night's loss discussing ways a team that went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position could get better not next year but now. Sabean and all who work under him had to be in better spirits thanks to the Kung Fu Panda and his cohorts. Pablo Sandoval had his first career three-homer game in the regular season and the Giants hit six overall in a 13-5 rout which prevented a Padres sweep. Sandoval had four hits and set a career high with six RBIs. Sandoval does have one three-homer game of course last year in Game 1 of the World Series. He had only one since the All-Star break this year before he hit a two-run homer that barely cleared the right-field fence in the fifth inning against Brad Brach then followed with two identical opposite-field homers in the eighth and ninth against Brad Boxberger and Dale Thayer. The Giants hit six in a game for the first time since Sept. 18 2011 at Coors Field. Tim Lincecum returned to Petco Park for the first time since his July 13 no-hitter. He allowed two solo homers and five runs in 5 1/3 innings although two scored on hits by lefties against Jose Mijares who continues to allow inherited runners to score. But Lincecum won his third in a row thanks to an offense the brass wants to see more of between now and Sept. 29. "Even where we're at with 24 games to go we still want to work on things" Bochy said before the game. "You don't want to say 'Let's play this thing out.' We've got work to do to get better so we have a good feeling going into the new year." Bochy would not divulge specifics hitting remedies that and he Sabean discussed with coaches Hensley Meueles and Joe Lefebvre part of the conversation. Having the hitters scale back their pregame work might have been one though. Bochy ordered his coaches to have the players take shorter batting practice Wednesday and save some cuts for Eric Stults a lefty who allowed only 12 homers in his first 174 2/3 innings this year. The Giants got him for three Wednesday a Brandon Crawford solo and two-run homers in the fourth inning by Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez.
Sandoval's 3 homers lead rare Giants power show, 13-5 over Padres
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 5