Giants' Joe Panik (.186) believes mind, mechanics are in the right place

TORONTO — Joe Panik was taking a practice swing ahead of his fifth-inning at-bat Tuesday night when the center-field scoreboard caught his eye, specifically where it said he had not homered in 241 at-bats, the longest drought of his career. “I was like, OK!” Panik said. “Thanks for reminding me. I'll hit one.” And he did, sending a fastball from rookie Trent Thornton over the wall in right-center, 414 feet from the plate, his first home run since June 30. Panik already had a big hit in the game, a two-run double in the second inning. He has a long way to go to make his batting average respectable. The two hits Tuesday did not get him over .200, and he ended the series at .186 after an 0-for-3

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