SAN FRANCISCO -- Craig Gentry was back in the lineup Saturday even though right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was on the mound for the Giants. Normally David Murphy starts against right-handers, but manager Ron Washington decided to reward Gentry after he had a career-high five hits Friday night.
"The guy had a 5-for-5 night, he deserves to be out there," Washington said. "It may be a long time before he gets five hits in a game again. It doesn't happen that often."
Two of the hits were off right-handers. Gentry, a right-handed hitter, has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats (.391) against right-handers and is hitting .289 against them on the season. He hit .277 against them last year although with almost no power. His slugging percentage was .292.
"I feel good right now," Gentry said. "It's not like I've never faced a right-hander before. You still stay with the same approach. I'm not going to try and overthink it, just stay with what I've done."