If there were a sobering part of the Giants’ recent string of wins, it’s that they entered Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks having won five of their last six games by either scoring the go-ahead run in their last at-bat or by shutout.
So how did they open against the Snakes? By taking the lead in their final at-bat AND by shutout.
Is it selfish to ask the Giants for a boring 7-2 victory?
Maybe, but we’ll take the 1-0 victory over the Giants.
With his eight scoreless innings Tuesday, Tim Lincecum now has not allowed a run in his past 17 innings of work.
Before the game, the Giants got some good news for their scuffling offense when outfielder Andres Torres and infielder Mark DeRosa came off the disabled list.
The surprising news came on which two players the Giants sent down to make room for Torres and DeRosa: infielders Ryan Rohlinger and Emmanuel Burriss.
We knew Rohlinger was going. He had hardly played since getting called up when Pablo Sandoval went on the shelf. But the decision to keep outfielder Darren Ford.
It leaves the Giants very thin on infielders on the bench. With Torres and DeRosa in the lineup Tuesday, it left the Giants with a bench that consisted of catcher Eli Whiteside, infielder Miguel Tejada and outfielders Pat Burrell, Darren Ford and Nate Schierholtz.
While admitting that keeping three reserve outfielders is unusual, manager Bruce Bochy said he kept Ford because he brings a dynamic that the Giants are sorely missing: Speed.
At least on Tuesday, Bochy was right.
In the bottom of the ninth after Buster Posey led off with a walk, Bochy had Ford run for Posey.
Ford stole second base without a throw. Then one out later, Ford scored on a double down the left field line by Cody Ross. If Bochy had stayed with Posey, it would have been runners on second and third with one out — instead of a 1-0 victory.
The win was Giants’ fourth in a row, and sixth in their last seven. It improved the Giants’ home record to 8-5 on the season. Of those eight home wins, seven are one-run wins, including five walk-off wins. Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Rockies was the lone “yawner” at home.
So, really, Giants. Could we please get a 7-2 victory?