Gorkys' 4-hit game shows his value to Giants

July 15th, 2017

SAN DIEGO -- Many observers might have regarded as the proverbial 25th man on the Giants' active roster when the season started.

Now, as the season's theoretical second half began Friday, Hernandez has become almost indispensable. He went a career-best 4-for-4 in the Giants' 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Various circumstances have heaped value upon Hernandez. Injuries and ineffectiveness befell other Giants outfielders -- Chris Marrero, and , among others. This caused a shortage of personnel that means more playing time for Hernandez, who appeared in 104 Major League games during 12 professional season entering this year.

"We're out of outfielders," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, noting that Hernandez is certain to start Saturday's rematch against the Padres. Besides, Bochy added, "When you get four hits, I think that earns you another start out there."

Two of Hernandez's hits contributed to the Giants' scoring. His second-inning single followed a leadoff double by , who scored on 's unlikely single. Hernandez's sixth-inning single helped move into position for pinch-hitter 's game-tying sacrifice fly.

"I tried to get a good pitch to hit," said Hernandez, reciting one of baseball's most enduring basics. "In the first half, I was swinging at too many pitches. I'm trying to keep it simple and not do too much."