SAN DIEGO Right around the time rookie catcher Trevor Brown took a pitch to the throat in the third inning Sunday night, you might have posed this question: can the season safely end soon enough for these injury-ravaged San Francisco Giants?
Brown stayed in the game, broke a scoreless tie by making his first major league hit an RBI double, and the Giants' lifeline in the N.L. West became a bit stronger after a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Combined with the Dodgers' loss to Arizona, the Giants are within six games with 12 to play including four against the N.L. West leader at AT&T Park, where the Giants are 6-0...