SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy shook up and scrambled things for his teetering team on Saturday, but not on purpose.
Hey, maybe by committing a major blunder on national TV, Bochy accidentally knocked everything back into its proper place.
Bochy had by far his most embarrassing moment as a Giant ... and his team beat the Dodgers, anyway, 4-2 at AT&T Park.
Out-of-order karma, baby.
Here's what happened: In a "perfect storm" of miscommunication, as Bochy termed it, the Giants players believed the batting order was one way, when in fact Bochy's official order was another.
Buster Posey batted third in the first inning when he was supposed to bat fourth, so his RBI double scoring Gregor Blanco was illegal once Dodgers manager Don Mattingly protested.
The run came off the board. Pablo Sandoval (who was supposed to bat third) was ruled out and Posey was up again (properly batting fourth)--and promptly ended the inning with a fly out.
"I just at that point said, "What else? What else?'" Bochy said after the game.
It felt like an emotional rock bottom -- after all the losing the last few weeks, now the Giants coaching staff can't get the order right?
Two World Series titles in the last three years, now in last place, and then ... this?
"At that point, you're just hoping you win the game," Bochy said. "I mean, you want this to not play a part in the game because we had a big hit.
"It shouldn't happen -- no question. But it was a perfect storm for something like that to happen."
Bochy said he was wondering why Posey was going up to hit in the third spot, but just assumed he wrote it down wrong himself.
"I looked up there and I thought I was losing it," Bochy said. "I wanted to flip-flop those guys."
Bochy, of course, is the manager who famously caught Mattingly messing up in 2010 (when Mattingly was filling in as Dodgers manager for Joe Torre), so the symbolism was not hard to miss.
And this was a Giants team that came into this game in a horrendous swoon, and just got clobbered by the Dodgers to open this home stand on Friday.
"Seems like when things are going wrong, they all come together," second baseman Marco Scutaro said. "Won't give you a break. Very happy we ended up winning the game and we didn't need that run."
Bochy had spent most of Saturday morning finalizing the N.L. All-Star picks, then wrote out his lineup card switching Posey to fourth (he batted third Friday) and Sandoval to third.
Problem: The wrong information was programmed into the Giants' iPad, which feeds a new electronic board in the clubhouse, which is the lineup given to the media and the scoreboard.
The dugout lineup was correct--but nobody looked at it.
"I looked at the lineup in (the clubhouse) and I was batting third and I looked on the scoreboard and I was batting third," Posey said. "So somewhere something got crossed up. And hopefully it's not something that happens again."
Was he frustrated he lost an RBI double that would've put the Giants ahead?
"Yeah," Posey said bluntly.
Later, he said: "Thank goodness we won."
The Giants won because they scored three runs in the second inning--a huge emotional turnaround when things could've kept sagging and AT&T could've turned silent.
The Giants also won because Madison Bumgarner pitched beautifully, retiring the first 14 Dodgers in order and striking out sensation Yasiel Puig all three times he came up.
So it's a reach to say the Giants were galvanized by the lineup goof-up, but you can also say that getting past it gave them a tangible lift.
Almost everything about the 2013 Giants has felt disjointed, mis-aligned, and yes, out of order. Going into Saturday, the Giants had lost 10 of their last 11 games.
Beating the Dodgers after the first-inning shock, sort of made the Giants feel like themselves again.
Their 2010 and 2012 selves, that is.
"I would've felt horrible for the club if that would've played a part in us not winning the ballgame," Bochy said. "It does soften the blow of an error that shouldn't have happened."
Guarantee: The Giants will get the batting order correct on Sunday and on every other day of this season, and the next season, and for every other season Bochy is in charge.
Saturday was an accidental cattle prod. It can't ever happen again, but by getting past it for one game, it showed that the Giants can get back in sync even when everything else looks out of order.