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Giants bullpen shines despite extra work

Giants bullpen shines despite extra work

SAN FRANCISCO -- Although the Giants' starting rotation has been experiencing uncharacteristic struggles lately, the bullpen has been trying to ease the pain despite its increased workload.

Entering Wednesday having pitched seven innings in two games against the Dodgers, the bullpen had allowed only two runs, while walking only one and striking out nine.

Denny Bautista (8 2/3 scoreless innings in his past seven appearances) has impressed lately, as did Guillermo Mota (one scoreless inning) on Tuesday. But after struggling early on, left-hander Dan Runzler has pitched brilliantly. In his past 11 outings (9 2/3 innings), Runzler hasn't allowed a run and also pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam Tuesday.

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"[Runzler] kept his poise out there, where I think in the past, he's gotten out of sync and rhythm and lost some composure," Bochy said. "Now he's pitching with a lot of confidence."

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