The defending World Series champions must get back to work in a hurry if they want to hang around in an NL West that is still wide open.
The Western Division Giants will also host game 2 of the best-of-five National League Division Series on Sunday before the matchup shifts to Cincinnati.
The San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres to clinch the National League West Division Title.
The Giants will look to tack on to that advantage beginning Monday night when they open a three-game road series against the Colorado Rockies.
The mere fact that the Giants are right in the thick of things when they have endured some hardships is a good sign. Closer Brian Wilson has been lost for the season and second baseman Freddy Sanchez will not play a game for the Giants in 2012.
Yesterday’s 3-0 whitewashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers finally put the San Francisco Giants where they feel they belong, in first place in the National League West, now tied with L.A.
Tim Lincecum won for the first time in nearly two months to end the worst drought of his career, throwing four-hit ball over seven innings, and the San Francisco Giants held the Dodgers scoreless for the third straight game in a 3-0 win Wednesday.
A victory by the Giants in Wednesday’s series finale at AT&T Park would move them into a first-place tie, giving the struggling Dodgers company atop the division for the first time since they took over the lead April 11.
Alexi Ogando pitched three perfect innings before leaving with a strained groin after a bunt single, combining with three relievers combined on a three-hitter and leading the Texas Rangers past the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday.
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez singled over a five-man infield with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to take the three-game series.