Without leg kick, Dubón finding his stride

June 23rd, 2021

ANAHEIM -- As he was rounding the bases following a solo home run in Tuesday night's 5-0 win, tried to spot his wife Nancy in the stands at Angel Stadium.

He knew what section she was in, but couldn’t spot her in the crowd after hitting his fifth homer of the year and his first since May 31.

Despite not being able to spot her, Dubón later described the homer run as emotional. He's reworked his stride at the plate as he searches for better results.

“It's been tough,” Dubón said. “I've been able to put good swings on the ball and not get the results I wanted. I was just talking to my wife about this. It was more personal than anything else.”

The results showed up on the first pitch the 26-year-old saw from Halos lefty Andrew Heaney. Dubón turned around a fastball Heaney placed on the outer half of the plate for a 390-foot home run on a night when he went 2-for-4.

To make strides at the plate, Dubón said he has eliminated his leg kick.

He has continued to put in work in the cages and at home with Nancy by his side throughout the process, which made the solo homer on Tuesday night more special.

“I've been putting in a lot of work and the results are showing,” he said. “When I hit it, it felt kinda like it's a such a relief, just because you've been putting in the work and she's been by my side all the time. So it was really pretty good.”

Dubón has had limited at-bats in June, just 28, but the retooling of his swing has led to strong results more recently. He has slashed .462/.462/.769 in his last seven games.

But even in the limited opportunities, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Dubón has made noticeable improvements.

“Mauricio continues to kind of tinker and play with the length of his stride, how much load he gets [and] how aggressive he is to the baseball,” Kapler said on Wednesday. “He's constantly trying to find the sweet spot. I thought last night he was loaded on his backside well. The move wasn't too big. It was under control, and he continues to make progress.”