SAN FRANCISCO – Back in April or May, the games the Giants will play the next four days against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine looked monumental.
Now, it would appear they're monumental only to the Dodgers. Not so, maintain the Giants, who beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Wednesday but were eliminated from the postseason picture with Cincinnati's 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day.
With seemingly nothing to play for, the Giants nonetheless head to Dodger Stadium with a clear objective. As the defending World Series champions, they don't want to see their rivals clinch the National League West title against them this weekend.
"I don't want to speak for the rest of the team, but myself personally, I don't like to see anybody else celebrate on the field," said Brandon Belt, who singled in the winning run Wednesday.
"With the guys we've got back now, we're pretty healthy," Belt added. "The pitching staff's doing pretty well. I think they're going to be able to keep us in it, no matter what the situation. I think we have a good chance of winning these ballgames."
Manager Bruce Bochy said he simply hopes the Giants can continue playing the plucky baseball that has earned them 10 wins in their last 18 games.
"We know what's in front of us with (the Dodgers') situation," he said. "Our job is to go down there and do the best we can playing these ballgames."
The Giants also will get their chance to see – and possibly face – one of their most significant former brethren, Brian Wilson, wearing a Dodgers uniform. Few players thought that would be such a big deal.
"He's just another pitcher now," Pablo Sandoval said. "It doesn't matter to me."
Said Belt, "It's going to be a little weird, just because he was such a staple in San Francisco for so many big years. But my first year here, I was up and down so much, it's not like we formed an extremely close relationship. But I imagine a lot of guys on the team will have some problems going up there and not smiling a little bit."
For his part, current Giants closer Sergio Romo will be happy to see Wilson, whether he pitches or not.
"He was a good teammate to me and a good friend to me," Romo said. "So I look forward to seeing him happy and smiling, back to being Brian Wilson."
The Giants pulled out the getaway-day victory after Marco Scutaro and Belt delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the eighth.
Yusmeiro Petit, coming off a near-perfect game that wound up being a one-hit shutout Friday against Arizona, retired the first 11 batters in his encore. But Colorado then broke through. Nolan Arenado singled in a fourth-inning run, and the Rockies knocked out Petit in the sixth after scoring twice on four singles.