Bochy lauds Hernandez
Gorkys Hernandez has had his share of struggles this year, like many Giants, but manager Bruce Bochy praised the outfielder for how he overcame his bad start.
“If you break up his season, it’s one of the best comebacks with the start he had,” Bochy said. “He’s come on strong. He was one of our better hitters for quite a while.”
Hernandez has a left wrist sprain and might not be able to swing for a while. He entered Friday’s game in the eighth inning for right fielder Hunter Pence and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
After hitting .160 through May 23, Hernandez had a three-month stretch (May 28 to Aug. 23) in which he batted .337 with a .392 on-base percentage. Since then, he’s 3-for-34, perhaps a result of the wrist injury.
“Defensively, he had an above-average year,” Bochy said. “He did just a great job in the outfield, playing all three positions. Offensively, he came on and put up some pretty good numbers considering where he was and his struggles early in the season.
“There were questions: ‘Well, why was he here?’ As you got to see him play more defensively, you saw how gifted this guy was out there. I’ll put him up there with some of the top center fielders.”
Hernandez’s best defensive game was Sept. 3 when he robbed St. Louis’ Tommy
Pham of a home run and made multiple running catches.
Before Saturday’s game, Hernandez will receive the Jose Uribe Sportsmanship Award, named after the late Giants shortstop, from the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.
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