Maybe the Giants have their second baseman.

"I think he's earned going out there every day, the way he's played," manager Bruce Bochy said of Joe Panik. "It certainly helps your decisions at the end of the year when looking at your needs."

The Giants didn't find a second baseman before the July 31 trade deadline, but they're more optimistic about their future at the position, thanks to a 23-year-old from their farm system who contributed mightily to Saturday's 6-5 comeback victory over the Phillies.

Panik went 2-for-3 with a walk, and his eighth-inning triple set up the deciding run. He also had an infield single during a four-run sixth and is hitting .410 (16-for-39) in his past 11 games and playing second base as if it's second nature.

At first, Panik got playing time because the options were limited. Marco Scutaro is out of the picture. Ehire Adrianza has been shelved for weeks. Joaquin Arias is a utilityman. Brandon Hicks is long gone. Matt Duffy was rushed from Double-A. Dan Uggla ... well, enough said.