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Bruce Bochy says Pillar’s hot start is Bonds-like

With the San Francisco Giants kicking of their second road trip with a resounding 7-3 victory over Washington, Giants manager Bruce Bochy appeared on Murph & Mac Tuesday morning to talk about all things Giants baseball, including the surprisingly high offensive output from outfielder Kevin Pillar, as well as his thoughts on possibly changing the dimensions of Oracle Park.

When talking about Pillar’s hot start to this season, Bruce Bochy likened his impact to a Giants legend.

“I didn’t know (Pillar) would quite make this impact,” Bochy said. “When you look at the home runs and the RBI’s, I think that’s what you’d expect from Bonds or somebody. It’s pretty incredible what he did when he first got here, driving in the runs. His average isn’t great, but he’s just doing so much damage.

“Really what I think he’s done is he’s linking up the lineup. He’s giving the lineup more confidence… It’s just good to have somebody up there that’s somewhat hot swinging the way they’re capable of.”

While Pillar is having a fantastic start to his season, at times, the rest of the Giants offense can seem anemic at times. In the search to fix this problem, many have discussed possibly making Oracle Park more hitter friendly by moving the fences in, doing away with triples alley. Bochy says he is open to the change.

“I think it’s good to be open minded about anything,” Bochy said. “I know we’re known for ‘triples alley,’ but I think there’s possibly some creative things you could do there; we talked, of course, about moving the bullpen mounds. We saw what happened there with (Mac) Williamson. It could be a little bit safer.”

Bochy went on.

“I think it’s fair to talk about it and just debate whether it’s the right thing to do or not, but it’s big, no question about it. To be honest, I think if you hit a ball 400 feet, it should be a home run. Now, it’s our park, our signature look, but my point is it’s fair to be open minded. I mean, Fenway Park; who would have thought there would be seats on top of the Green Monster, so it’s ok to talk about these things.

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