MILWAUKEE -- This time last season, Giants infielder Eduardo Nunez was racking up votes for the 2016 All-Star Game as a member of the Twins.After a slow offensive start to the season this year, he isn't on the Esurance All-Star Ballot leaderboards. But the 29-year-old has turned the corner and
MILWAUKEE -- This time last season, Giants infielder Eduardo Nunez was racking up votes for the 2016 All-Star Game as a member of the Twins.
After a slow offensive start to the season this year, he isn't on the Esurance All-Star Ballot leaderboards. But the 29-year-old has turned the corner and is one of the hottest hitters in the Giants' lineup.
Nunez has reached base safely via hit or walk in each of his last 22 games after going 1-for-4 with his 14th stolen base in the Giants' 6-3 loss Wednesday, batting .367 (33-for-90) with 18 runs scored and four home runs in that span.
"He's just playing great ball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has been swinging the bat well. He's using the whole field, he's showing some power and driving the ball. He got into a little rut for a while, but he's come out of it and now he's the player he was last year when he made the All-Star team."
Nunez has been a bright spot in a Giants lineup that has the fourth fewest home runs in the Majors with 46. The Giants have homered just three times over their last nine games, with two coming from Nunez. He hit .250 in April, but his average bumped up to .307 in May and .423 in June. He credits an adjustment he made with his batting stance for the turnaround.
"I had too much movement in my hands and too much movement going forward in my lower body, so I had to go backward and reset my mind and work to eliminate it," Nunez said. "I'm more confident. Now I can enjoy myself to play and I know what I can do and I think that has slowed the game."
Nunez is batting .383 (18-for-47) with runners in scoring position, ninth best in the NL, while the Giants are collectively hitting .230 (17-for-74) with runners in scoring position over their last eight games. Their .243 RISP season average is the fourth lowest in the league.
"I don't try to do much. I don't try to homer and do all those kinds of things here," Nunez said. "I try to be simple. I just try to swing the bat and find the hole."
Reliever Sam Dyson will join the Giants in San Francisco on Friday, Bochy said. The Giants acquired Dyson on Tuesday in a trade with the Rangers for a player to be named later and cash.
"With the day game [Thursday] and this just happening, instead of him having to travel here, we'll just meet him once we get home and I'll get a chance to sit down with him," Bochy said.
Bochy said he has not gotten a chance to talk to Dyson or look over his film yet, but he has gotten a feel for him from talking with close friends.
"I want to see him myself," Bochy said. "Like I said, we all have our hiccups in this game and hit our bumps in the road, and he's had a young career. I said yesterday it's not like he's been in the Major Leagues a long time, but he just had a tough time getting on track. It happens. We saw it last year with one of our guys and that's why you hope a change of scenery will serve him well."
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Giants on Wednesday.