Ever since an Opening Night flop, the Giants’ bullpen has aimed to get back on track, and Wednesday at San Diego was a prime spot to do so, with a one-run lead late over one of the division favorites.
Manager Gabe Kapler had side-arming Tyler Rogers replace Kevin Gausman to start the eighth, a reasonable choice in a close game because Rogers seldom allows homers. You know where this is going, right? Rogers allowed a game-tying home run by Giants-nemesis Wil Myers.
Unlike on Opening Night, however, San Francisco managed to take advantage of the runner placed at second base to start the 10th, with Austin Slater sending Alex Dickerson to third with a flyball and Donovan Solano sending in Slater with another for a 3-2 win.
Wandy Peralta then pitched a whale of an inning for his first career save. With Jurickson Profar stationed at second to start the inning, Peralta got Ha-Seong Kim to ground to first (Peralta taking the throw and outracing Kim to the bag), then getting a huge strikeout of Jorge Mateo and finally getting Tucupita Marcano to fly out to end the game.
The Giants — who have scored a grand total of seven over the past four games — needed help with the first two they did score Wednesday. That came in the form of Mateo, the former A’s prospect, who jumped at the wall in center for Darin Ruf’s second-inning drive and…