Ellison hopes to continue swinging a hot bat for the Giants when they continue their three-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
The emergence of Ellison has given San Francisco a logjam of outfielders. The 27-year-old rookie has starred as the team’s leadoff hitter, batting .379 with 15 runs scored despite having just 58 at-bats.
“He creates electricity there that we were lacking,” Alou said. “We have two guys like that—it’s a bonus to have (Omar) Vizquel and Ellie back-to-back.”
Ellison’s strong play is taking time away from veteran outfielder Marquis Grissom. The 38-year-old outfielder has been bothered by hamstring problems, and is batting only .220.
“Grissom started very well the first week or 10 days, but his bat got slow and he was hurt,” Alou said. “I think he’s ready now to resume his everyday (play), but he’ll have to share. I’m looking forward to Grip (Ellison) doing his thing.”
The Pirates fell to 5-3 on their 10-game road trip after managing only six hits against Brett Tomko, who went the distance. The final 21 hitters went down in order for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh starter David Williams will be facing San Francisco for the second time this season. Williams was on the losing end of a 7-6 decision on April 30, allowing five runs and six hits over five-plus innings.
The 26-year-old left-hander snapped a three-game losing streak by winning at Arizona on Thursday. Williams allowed two runs and five hits over a season-high seven innings in a 6-2 victory.
The Pirates learned Monday that first baseman Craig Wilson will undergo surgery on Tuesday on his injured left middle finger. Wilson, who is hitting .296, is expected to be out for approximately two months.
“With the direction he was headed and what he did last year, we’re certainly going to miss his bat in the lineup,” Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield said. “But this is something that happens over the course of a season. We just have to adjust.”