Giants sticking with closer committee

Giants sticking with closer committee

SAN DIEGO -- Though Santiago Casilla looked sharp in a brief appearance Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy does not plan to return the deposed closer to his former role.

"We're still going to do it by committee," Bochy said Sunday. "But I was encouraged with what I saw."

What he saw was Casilla retire the only two batters he faced to finish the seventh inning and preserve a 7-5 lead. The closer-by-committee issue hasn't created much of a fuss for the Giants, whose unusual number of lopsided victories recently have resulted in relatively few save opportunities.

"It's nice to have four or five guys who have experience throwing late," Bochy said.

One of them, Clay Hensley, struck out Mark Kotsay to earn Saturday's save. Hensley said that San Francisco's relievers have adjusted to the lack of ironclad responsibilities.

"I think we've kind of thrown the whole role thing out the window," Hensley said. "If they want us to come in the fourth inning and throw up a zero, then you have to try to go out there with the same aggressiveness as if you were coming in the ninth inning to finish games. I think everybody from the fourth inning on starts to get prepared to get ready to pitch."