The San Francisco Giants won their major league-best 20th one-run victory of the season and their NL-best sixth extra inning victory.
They have played 30 one-run games this season, also a major league high.
But there is a factor in the Giants’ success in close games — and the amount of close games they have played — that should not be overlooked.
Sunday marked the 16th time this season the Giants bullpen has surrendered the lead — second-most in the majors to the Reds, who have 17.
Oh, and by the way, the Reds SUCK!!!!
In eight of the Giants’ 10 extra-inning games this season, the bullpen has coughed up the lead.
It was a second day in a row that Giants gave up the lead with a big home run in the eighth inning.
The eighth inning is normally Sergio Romo’s. But Romo has been on the DL since mid-April.
But manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Romo could be activated from the DL when the Giants return home to open a series against the Rockies on Monday.
A healthy Romo will lengthen a beleaguered bullpen and strengthen up an area of weakness for the stretch run of the season.
And given how many close games the Giants have played this season, that could be crucial.
Now as we mentioned before, activating Romo will require the Giants to create some room on the 40-man roster, as Romo would be coming off the 60-day DL.
With Ramiro Pena coming off the bench Sunday, that roster spot could very well be created by designating one of the Giants’ infielders for assignment, either Ruben Tejada or Grant Green.
We would expect the Giants to DFA Green, which means he’ll need to clear waivers before he can return to Triple-A Sacramento. That will put him into limbo for 10 days.
But with Joe Panik expected to return from his 7-day concussion DL soon that shouldn’t be an issue.
Regardless of who gets dumped from the 40-man, the Giants seriously need Romo back … SOON.