Casilla dominating in revised bullpen role

Casilla dominating in revised bullpen role

PHOENIX -- Though Santiago Casilla surrendered a run Saturday night, it only underscored the effectiveness that the right-hander has sustained recently. The run ended Casilla's season-high, 14-inning scoreless streak, which spanned 13 appearances.

The deposed closer has surged instead of sagged since the Giants began preserving late-inning leads by committee, allowing two runs in his previous 20 innings entering Sunday. Moreover, with 65 appearances, Casilla has eclipsed his previous professional high of 57 in 2005, when he spent time in Double-A, Triple-A and Oakland.

Casilla appeared in his fourth consecutive game Saturday.

"I actually was thinking about staying away from [using] him, but he said he felt better than he did [Friday]," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Casilla has converted 24 of 30 save chances this year, but he hasn't received a save opportunity in his last 24 outings.