9/24 Byrd is the word

Marlon Byrd has struggled lately at the plate, batting .224 in September, and was hitting .215 in the No. 3 spot in the batting order. He took over when Derrek Lee was traded Aug. 18 to the Braves.

“I find the three-hole has nothing to do with that,” Mike Quade said of Byrd’s numbers. “He loves the challenge. There’s not a challenge on this planet that he doesn’t enjoy.

“He’s our best hitter day in and day out average-wise,” Quade said. “He had a lot of success in the three-hole before struggling a little bit lately. It’s the ups and downs of the season. You watch him play and how hard he plays and he never wants a day off.”

When Byrd made the great catch Thursday, the Giants had an 11-0 lead. He could’ve let the ball drop.

“He’s oblivious [to the score],” Quade said. “When it comes to effort, the score doesn’t matter. You want that in everybody. He’s got a job to do and takes great pride in his defense. You’re going to see him leave his feet no matter what the situation was.”

The wind Thursday also made the play tough.

“That [catch and effort] is who he is,” Quade said. “That exemplifies to me, who Marlon Byrd is.”

– Carrie Muskat

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