Inman: Any Giants bats other than Cody Ross coming to this rodeo?

PHILADELPHIA —

Giants postseason darling Cody Ross

hit another home run, broke up another no-hitter in that dramatic

fashion and took another lonely trip around the basepaths.

This has to change. Not on Ross’ part, but by those hitless

wonders ahead of him in the lineup.

The problems atop the

Giants’ batting order were amplified

in Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the host Phillies in Game 2 of the National

League Championship Series.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy vowed

that change is coming as his team takes a 1-1 series tie back to

AT&T Park, with Games 3, 4 and 5 slated Tuesday through

Thursday.

That better mean at least a temporary reprieve from anymore

Andres Torres strikeouts. His horrific Sunday linescore in the

leadoff spot: K-K-K-K. Translated, he struck out four times, seeing

only three pitches in each of his final two at-bats.

“I need to be patient. I’m going up there thinking too much,”

Torres said. “In this game, you have to make adjustments and always

be positive.”

And you thought you would never see the day where

Giants fans were clamoring to see

Aaron Rowand return to the top of the lineup.

The

Giants’ problems trickle down their

lineup, however. The top four hitters are a combined 5 for 29

through two NLCS outings.

“There’s no question (Torres) is struggling, but other hitters

are, too,” Bochy said.

“We’ve got to find a way to get going, get on base, take our

singles and get better at-bats,” said first baseman Aubrey Huff,

who went 0 for 4 Sunday after a 1-for-4 showing in Saturday’s

series-opening win.

Huff bats in the No. 3 slot, by the way. A 1-for-8 start to the

NLCS is not a good one.

Batting cleanup is Buster Posey, who went 0 for 3 before a

ninth-inning walk Sunday and was 1 for 4 Saturday.

The numbers elsewhere are not much better. No. 5 hitter Pat

Burrell went 0 for 4 Sunday, and No. 2 batter Freddy Sanchez had

two singles in four at-bats to modestly rebound from Saturday’s

0-for-5 NLCS debut.

It’s no wonder that Ross is breaking up no-hitters with his home

runs. No one is hitting well in front of him.

“This is a great pitching staff. Give them credit,” Huff said of

the Phillies. “We hit balls good tonight, and we just don’t get any

luck.”

The balls they hit well either went foul or were snatched by the

Phillies’ outfielders. That included Posey’s first at-bat Sunday, a

400-foot fly out to deep center field.

After a game-changing, four-run uprising by the Phillies in the

seventh inning, the

Giants launched countermeasures in

the eighth. A walk by Pablo Sandoval — He lives! He walks?! — and

a two-out single by Sanchez set the stage for Huff.

Huff responded with a promising liner to center field. He

thought it was going over center fielder Shane Victorino’s head.

The

Giants would be back in this game.

Huff claimed he has produced that hit a million times and it

creates enough topspin to carry into the outfield’s deepest

recesses.

Instead, “it was a moot point,” Huff said. Victorino caught

Huff’s ball. Rally killed.

The top of the

Giants’ lineup needs to change

course and make those positive adjustments that Torres

prescribed.

After all, Ross is not going to hit a home run every playoff

game. Or is he?

For the third consecutive game, he broke up a no-hitter with a

solo home run into the left-field seats. Sunday’s came in the fifth

inning, after Burrell led off by popping up in foul ground.

Ross was batting in the No. 6 slot, instead of No. 8, because

Juan Uribe was a late scratch with a bad wrist. Uribe also had a

bad batting average, so include him in that bungled bat

brigade.

As Ross’ home run ball amazingly took a familiar flight plan to

left, he dropped his bat and did a one-legged hop before embarking

on his solo run around the diamond. The legend of Hopalong Cody was

born.

“He’s getting pitches to hit, and he’s not missing them,” Huff

said. “He’s locked in. Hopefully he keeps it up and we all start

following soon.”

Keep it up? OK, we’ll think positive and advise fans to bring

gloves if they’re sitting in the left-field bleachers at AT&T

Park this week.

Ross’ teammates ahead of him in the order better bring better

at-bats to the party before it ends in sour fashion like it did

Sunday.

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