Giants try to avoid fifth straight day for Wilson

Giants try to avoid fifth straight day for Wilson

LOS ANGELES -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy hoped Tuesday to avoid using closer Brian Wilson, who appeared in each of the previous four games.

Wilson, whose 26 saves tied him for the National League lead entering Tuesday with San Diego's Heath Bell, did not throw an excess of pitches during his consecutive-game span. He threw 17 and four last Friday and Saturday, respectively, while recording saves against the Mets. He then uncorked 20 during the 10th inning in Sunday's loss to New York.

Wilson threw 24 pitches while saving Monday's series opener against the Dodgers.

"Rags [pitching coach Dave Righetti] and I thought he had his best stuff of the four games," Bochy said.

Wilson agreed. "I felt like I was throwing the same speed to every hitter," he said.

But Bochy pointed out that the Dodgers created a high-stress inning for Wilson, who struck out the side yet loaded the bases.