SF@STL: Arias collects three hits, three RBIs

CINCINNATI -- Joaquin Arias started back-to-back games Tuesday for the first time since April 19-20, reflecting Giants manager Bruce Bochy's satisfaction with the utility man.

Arias went 3-for-4 with three RBIs on Sunday at St. Louis while playing first base. Tuesday, he moved to second base, where he was San Francisco's Opening Day starter this year before Brandon Hicks earned the bulk of the activity.

"I wanted to reward him," Bochy said of Arias. "He hasn't been getting a lot of playing time."

Though the sample size was small, Arias probably was helped by his 2-for-3 career hitting against formidable Reds starter Homer Bailey.

Though Bochy didn't indicate that Hicks had lost his status as the Giants' primary second baseman, he did point out that Arias had the potential to "get on a roll." The prime example of this was August 2012, when Arias hit .417 with a 1.154 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) while mostly substituting at third base for an injured Pablo Sandoval.

Bochy hoping weather cooperates in Cincinnati

The Reds have had multiple rain delays this season.

CINCINNATI -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy will have some thinking to do if showers predicted for Wednesday become reality, which likely would force a doubleheader Thursday.

The Giants would be allowed to add a 26th player to the active roster for the doubleheader. Bochy said he hasn't begun weighing his options yet.

"I don't want to think about it because I'm still optimistic we're going to get the game in," he said. "But tomorrow, we'll probably have to see where we are."

Forecasts call for an 80 percent chance of rain through the day Wednesday, with chances of showers increasing to 90 percent Wednesday night.

Moreover, Great American Ball Park has seemed to invite precipitation all season. According to a Cincinnati-based Associated Press reporter, the Reds have endured two postponements, one suspended game that was played the next day and nine rain delays totaling 11 hours and 12 minutes.

Small-ball approach helps Blanco succeed

SF@STL: Blanco lines an RBI triple to right

CINCINNATI -- A simple adjustment helped Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco revive his offensive skills.

"I started working on hitting the ball on the ground more," Blanco said Tuesday. "I tried not to elevate any ball -- not even in batting practice or soft toss. I tried to keep my swing level. I'm still working on it."

The results were obvious. Batting .087 on April 21 and .100 as late as May 11, Blanco entered Tuesday hitting .375 (15-for-40) in his previous 16 games, lifting his average to .238.

"That's my game -- trying to get on base. Small ball," Blanco said. "I was trying to do more than I could do."