Up 4-2, Giants closer Santiago Casilla loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. And to everybody’s surprise—especially Casilla’s—manager Bruce Bochy came out to give him the hook.
Casilla tried to storm off the mound before Bochy got there, punching the ball into his manager’s hand, but Bochy called him back—only to instantly send him back to the dugout. (According to the Mercury News, it was “Come back here!...Now you can go.”)
Lefty Javier Lopez got the final out for the save, but Casilla was still steaming in the clubhouse:
The numbers were on Bochy’s side—Jake Lamb has two homers in six appearances against Casilla, and his splits this season are absurd: a .304 average against righties and .125 against lefties.
“We had a veteran lefty, and (the Diamondbacks) were out of hitters,” Bochy said. “It was an easy one. You don’t mind guys being competitive and not wanting to come out, but he got a little emotional there.”
Bochy said he’d go talk to Casilla, and I’m sure everything will be hunky-dory by the next game.
It was the 14th save of Javier Lopez’s 14-year career. “I’m going to need 300 more to have a shot at the Hall,” he joked.