SAN FRANCISCO -- Mac Williamson has spent much of his time the last two days talking to Giants teammates who have been through this. He has gone over his swing with hitting coaches Alonzo Powell and Rick Schu. He sent videos of his swing to Doug Latta, his personal hitting coach, to see if the specialist could see anything that's drastically wrong.
Williamson, who is barely keeping afloat in his last real shot with the Giants, is using any source he can to try and find a fix. At the end of a long session with reporters Thursday, he smiled and nodded towards the visiting clubhouse.
"Maybe I can go talk to (Austin) Riley a little bit," he said.
It was a joke, and the Braves won't be at Oracle Park when the Giants return Friday, anyway. After the worst game of his career, it's unclear if Williamson will be there.
The left fielder struck out five times in a 5-4 loss to the Braves and all five came with a runner on base. Williamson is just the fifth Giant to whiff five times in a game, and the timing couldn't be worse. He entered the day batting .143 in what has become an extended audition for the left field job.
What's next? Manager Bruce Bochy didn't give definitive answers.
"I don't know," Bochy said when asked about Williamson. "We'll talk about it. It was a rough day for Mac. I know he's probably pressing -- I can't say probably. That's a tough day there. So anyway, we'll huddle up and see what we can do to add some offense here."
Williamson has gotten 47 at-bats since getting called up to try to win the job, but he's batting just .128 with a .439 OPS. Asked a second time about the 28-year-old, Bochy said, "We've got to get some production from left field. There's no getting around that."
This season has at times been about more than that. More than anything, the Giants are trying to find future contributors, so 47 at-bats may be viewed as too small a sample by the new front office. Mike Gerber and Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski are ready for their shot in Triple-A, but the Giants have not seemed all that ready in recent days to pull the plug on Williamson's run.
Thursday may have changed that, though. It was a game that left Williamson wondering where his timing has gone. He fouled off 13 pitches in six plate appearances, including nine fastballs.
"It's about being on time more consistently," Williamson said. "I've been getting pitched interestingly. It's difficult because when you're in Triple-A you don't have the quality of arms you do here. Down there you see a lot of breaking pitches and off-speed pitches. Up here a lot of these guys are running it up to 96, 97. I'm just not on time with the fastball."
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That's the foundation for any hitter, and Williamson will continue to try to find the fix before time runs out. He said that in the past, when slumping, he has taken a step back and tried not to do as much pre-game work, but then he noted it would be disingenuous to his teammates to do the same at the big league level.
So Williamson has come to the park early, taken extra swings, watched additional film and talked to as many teammates as he can.
"That's the frustrating part for me," he said. "I'm not taking it for granted."