Panik is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Panik had the walkoff hit Tuesday but heads to the bench Wednesday with left-hander Max Fried on the mound for the Braves. Panik has started 15 of the last 16 games at second base for the Giants, so this is likely just a maintenance day for the 28-year-old. Donovan Solano will start at second base and bat leadoff in his absence.
Panik went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Atlanta. The second baseman was a pest at the top of the order, but he really stung Atlanta when he walked it off in the ninth inning with a two-run single. Panik is enjoying a strong month of May, slashing .328/.444/.466 through 16 games with a homer, a steal, eight RBI and 10 runs.
Panik went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Friday's 7-0 loss to Arizona. Panik extended his current on-base streak to 15 games and is slashing .333/.418/.474 over that span. Manager Bruce Bochy may have to be questioned regarding his ability to see the future, as he placed his second baseman in the leadoff spot against righties seemingly right before his bat caught fire. Supernatural forces or not, Panik is locked in at the plate right now, providing a boost in batting average and runs scored for those in need.
Panik is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. The Giants will park three left-handed hitters (Panik, Brandon Belt and Stephen Vogt) on the bench in the series finale with southpaw Kyle Freeland twirling for the Rockies. Steven Duggar will handle Panik's normal duties as the Giants' leadoff man while recent callup Donovan Solano gets his first start at second base.
Panik went 1-for-6 with a two-run homer in Friday's 12-11 extra-innings win over the Reds. Panik got Wednesday off against a southpaw -- as he usually does -- but he returned to the lineup and delivered his second long ball of the season. The 28-year-old is slashing a meager .200/.270/.300 on the year, but he has been showing life with five hits over his last four starts.
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