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Duggar proving to be 'such an incredible boost' to Giants

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Steven Duggar

Steven Duggar has had 14 at-bats since being called up by the Giants from Triple-A Sacramento. Across the three games in which those at-bats have taken place, Duggar has three triples, a double, two singles, three runs scored and five RBI.

It is no coincidence that San Francisco won all three contests. Duggar's RBI triple against Walker Buehler in Sunday's win over the Dodgers injected a jolt of confidence into the Giants' dugout, and his three extra-base hits Tuesday sparked a 12-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Duggar smashed an extra-base hit in each of his first three at-bats in Tuesday's win. He tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fourth and then cleared the bases with his second triple of the game in the fifth. He became the first Giants player with two triples in the same game since Stephen Vogt did it against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 15, 2019 and the first Giants player with two triples and a double in the same game since Eduardo Nunez in 2016. Before that, it hadn't been done since Will Clark in 1991.

Ironically, Duggar wouldn't have been around for the Giants' current winning streak if not for injuries to other outfielders that prompted his call-up. But Giants manager Gabe Kapler knows there likely wouldn't be a winning streak to speak of without those developments.

 

"Steven Duggar has provided such an incredible boost to our club," Kapler told reporters following Tuesday's win. "Hard to imagine the last few games going the way they did without his contributions. He just picked up right where he left off with us. I think when we optioned him, he had a couple of different ways that he could have gone, and I think he just went down there and got to work. He never complains, he's just an incredible teammate and we're all lucky to have him around. And obviously, when he's swinging the bat good and running the bases like he is, we're just a better club."

Duggar was a regular presence in the Giants' lineup in May and June, but he struggled in July, and a roster crunch in early August forced San Francisco's hand. He was sent down to Sacramento and went a full month in between big-league appearances before being called back up ahead of the season finale with the Dodgers. In case his performance at the plate hasn't been an adequate indication, he certainly would prefer to stick around.

"It definitely stings when you get sent down," Duggar said after Tuesday's win. "It's never a conversation you look forward to having by any means. And look, I acknowledge the fact that I didn't play up to my standards for that kind of three-week stretch, a month, and I knew guys were getting healthy and coming back. So, yeah, it sucked getting optioned, but I think quickly turning the page and understanding that I've got my best baseball in front of me ... just to come back and help this team win ... that's the way I approached it."

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With Alex Dickerson and Austin Slater both currently on the IL, Duggar should get more opportunities over the coming days, which frankly, he deserves. Kapler indicated he would be in the lineup Wednesday against Rockies right-hander Jon Gray, and with another extra-base hit or two, Duggar could make a strong argument to stick around long after that.

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