SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy sprinkled the reminder into his post-no-hitter news conference. Regardless of the historical aspect, Wednesday's win was a big one for the Giants simply because it was a win.
The Giants had lost eight of 10 before Tim Lincecum kept them from getting swept at home by the lowly San Diego Padres. It would have been a second straight sweep at AT&T Park for a team barely holding on at the top of the National League West.
"The club really needed it," Bochy said. "We've gone through a tough stretch here, so this is good for the whole club."
The question now: Can the Giants build on Lincecum's second historic day?
They had lost 14 of 18 when Lincecum no-hit the Padres at Petco Park last July 13. The Giants lost the day after that champagne celebration, and went just 4-9 the rest of that month. With seven games left on this homestand, Bochy hopes Lincecum's no-hitter can be a launching point.
"The win was the most important thing," he said. "This club needed something. They've gone through some tough times here, and things like this can bring the club together."
"If you look at his third base play, it's been really impressive," Bochy said of the Sandoval decision. "The jumps he's getting on the ball and his range -- he's a different third baseman now."
According to Fangraphs.com, Sandoval ranks second among National League third basemen with six defensive runs saved. Last season, defensive metrics had a heavier Sandoval giving back runs on the defensive end, not saving them.