SAN FRANCISCO -- There was an odd sequence in Saturday's game. Madison Bumgarner was sent up to pinch-hit but then pulled back for Denard Span when the guy at the plate, Gregor Blanco, lined a single. Span put a bunt down but it led to a force at second, and manager Bruce Bochy admitted after the game that Span never had any intention of swinging. His quad is so sore that he was limited to bunt duty. Jeff Samardzija entered as a pinch-runner when Span reached first on the back end of the play.
Bochy said Span is doubtful to play Sunday and Brandon Crawford is questionable. Crawford has a bruised left hand that was wrapped before the game and his appearance in the on-deck circle was just a deke. With a travel day on Monday, the Giants can be cautious and potentially give both up-the-middle regulars three days off.
In the meantime, Bochy said Eduardo Nunez will hit leadoff again on Sunday and he could play shortstop. The Giants weren't all that familiar with the longtime Yankee and Twin, but teammates like what they've seen.
"He has a lot of tools," catcher Buster Posey said. "The versatility will be huge for us."
Jake Peavy also noted the versatility. Nunez can play three infield spots and the outfield. "He's a perfect fit for our ballclub," Peavy said. "And offensively, he's had a great year."
Nunez singled in his first at-bat and stole second. He has 28 stolen bases and said the Giants immediately gave him the full-time green light. Nunez had two hits and two RBI in his first start.
"That's one of the reasons they brought me here," he said. "I'm here to win games and try to help the team win."
Bochy said it's too soon to know how much he can use Span and Crawford tomorrow, but he has a backup option ready on the short bench.
"Bum was on my left shoulder wearing me out," he said.
--- Big-time relievers are coming off the market quickly. Mark Melancon was traded to the Nationals on Saturday morning and Wade Davis is getting an MRI on his pitching arm, so you can cross him off the list. On a related note, the Giants' bullpen was excellent. Six relievers teamed up for five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Hunter Strickland and Derek Law did the heavy lifting with 2 2/3 combined innings, and Posey singled them out after the win.
"It seems like Law and Strickland are getting confidence and finding a groove," he said.
--- Here's my game story on Eduardo Nunez and Hunter Pence providing a spark and some perspective.
--- Brandon Belt drew three walks and then singled and he's back to his first-half approach. He spit on a dozen pitches today that were right off the edge of the zone. It seems time to put the OBP machine back in the No. 3 spot.