SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy has had a month he'd like to forget, one that's been filled with losses and included an overnight hospital stay in Miami. But on Thursday night his team got a good win, and Bochy finally reached the next guy ahead of him on the all-time win list.
A 10-7 win over the Mets was No. 1,769 for Bochy, tying Jim Leyland for 15th place all-time. Bochy is first among active managers.
"Jim was somebody I always revered," Bochy said. "What an unbelievable career he had. I'm humbled to reach this. I say it so many times: I'm fortunate to have been doing this as long as I have."
After the brief scare in Miami earlier this month, Bochy insisted that the stress of managing wouldn't knock him into retirement anytime soon. He said he can't imagine doing anything else, so it's time to focus on No. 14: Lou Piniella at 1,835 wins.
--- Here's the game story from last night, on the Giants punching back after Madison Bumgarner gave up a grand slam.
--- This stat is in that story, but it's worth repeating. The only players with homers off Jacob deGrom, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke: Bumgarner, Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez. Bumgarner is now one away from tying Johnny Antonelli's franchise record.
--- Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest by a Giant this season and the longest active streak in the NL. Sergio Romo extended his streak of strikeouts, too. His last 11 outs over four games have come on a strikeout.
"He really looks like he's back to where he was," Bochy said. "He looked good, didn't he? He's really locating well right now."
The Giants haven't been able to get more than two or three relievers in gear at a time. If they ever get this Romo and the Derek Law and Hunter Strickland from July and good Santiago Casilla and April/May Cory Gearrin ... well, it could be a very good bullpen.
--- From James Wagner of the NY Times, here's what deGrom thought of his career-worst night: “It seemed like everything I threw went right down the middle. These guys did a great job. Tonight is on me. I was terrible.”
He won't be followed by Steven Matz, by the way. The Mets scratched their good young lefty with a sore shoulder. Seth Lugo will start.
--- Finally, in case you missed it, here are our latest Power Rankings. I used this month's version to give updates on Matt Duffy, Phil Bickford, Adam Duvall, Nori Aoki, Adalberto Mejia and a whole bunch of other guys with Giants ties. That'll help you get to your weekend.