NEW YORK After a 2-1 win over the New York Mets, the Giants are nine games from the end of their second failed title defense in three years.
The disappointing season has left manager Bruce Bochy and the front office evaluating players and trying to find the right puzzle pieces for 2014, and Bochy said Thursday that he has turned the microscope on himself in recent weeks.
"We've already started talking about things we may do differently," Bochy said. "We can correct some issues that we've had this year. We have some work to do. With where we're at, obviously we have some work to do. We have to get better, and it's part of my job to think of things that can make us better."
Bochy has already honed in on some specifics, pointing out that focus was an issue at times in the field. Joaquin Arias made three stellar plays in Thursday's win, but the Giants have 101 errors and will finish the season near the bottom of the league defensively. Many of the errors particularly in the outfield have been mental lapses.
The Giants also gave away far too many at-bats, but Bochy has been pleased with the better approaches he has seen in recent weeks.
"We (went) through so many games where we just couldn't get a run in," he said. "One little thing makes a difference in winning a ballgame. That, I think got away from us."
As he tries to figure out other 2014 moves, Bochy said he has already made note of ways he can manage differently.
"I'm working on ways I can help the club get better. I'll be more demanding, and that includes being more demanding with fundamentals and little things that got away from us this year," he said.
The Giants did the little things Thursday while winning for the fifth time in six games. With runners on the corners and one out in the fourth, rookie outfielder Juan Perez singled to center to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Making his first career start, shortstop Ehire Adrianza followed with groundout to second that brought home a second run.
While the rookies took care of the offense, the Giants got yet another big-time performance from left-hander Madison Bumgarner. He struck out 10 in seven innings and now sits one punch-out shy of joining Ray Sadecki and Jonathan Sanchez as the only left-handers in the franchise's San Francisco era to reach 200 strikeouts in a season.