Within minutes he had his wish.
Barry Bonds called himself an "embarrassment" to the uniform in a brief, profane outburst in the wake of a 5-3 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bonds went 0-for-12 in the series as the Giants kicked off the season's second half by getting swept at home.
Bonds, hitless in his past 20 at-bats over six games, dismissed Bochy's observation that he has been trying to pull to many pitches.
"That's not it," Bonds said.
Or that his legs were hurting.
"They're fine," he said.
Or that a day off might do him good.
"That's not it, either," he said.
It was at that point that Bonds called himself and embarrassment and instructed reporters to hightail it from his locker.
Elsewhere across the clubhouse, the mood was no better. The Giants are 14-29 over their past 43 games. And they lost Sunday to Brett Tomko, of all people, who picked up just his second victory since mid-April and lowered his ERA to 5.88.
If that doesn't get a team mad, nothing will.
"It's already beyond the point where we're upset," said left-hander Noah Lowry. "I know I am."
"As a team, I hope everybody is (angry). I hope they're frustrated," catcher Bengie Molina said.
"Nobody is happy about the way we're playing," first baseman Ryan Klesko said.
Familiar chants of "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.
The Dodgers ran their winning streak in San Francisco to 11; the Giants have not beaten L.A. at home since last Aug. 18.
"You can't have a worse start (to the second half) than what we have had, and we know it," Bochy said. "To get swept at home shouldn't happen. We are better than this."
This is Dodgers' longest winning streak in San Francisco since capturing 13 in a row at Candlestick Park starting in 1976.
That stretch ended Aug. 21, 1977 -- three days before Rafael Furcal was born. Furcal kept the latest string alive by igniting the go-ahead rally in the sixth on Sunday.
His triple to right-center drove home Matt Kemp to break a 3-3 tie. Furcal then came home on a suicide squeeze by Juan Pierre to make it 5-3.
That lead, as usual, proved insurmountable for the Giants, who found only frustration in the late innings. They had two on and two out in the seventh, but reliever Joe Beimel eviscerated Bonds on three pitches to end the threat. (Bonds is 1-for-14 lifetime against the left-hander).
In the eighth, the Giants had the bases loaded and two out, but Dave Roberts struck out swinging against Jonathan Broxton. All told, the Giants stranded 10 runners and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Bonds endured back-to-back games of 0-for-5 or worse for just the fourth time in his 22-year career.
"We are missing that clutch hit," Bochy conceded. "We're not closing the deal."
The Dodgers, in contrast, got just enough. They had two squeezes (Pierre's suicide in the sixth, and Tomko's safety in the fourth) and never gave Lowry room to breathe. They tormented the Giants starter for 10 hits and four walks in just 5ª innings.
Lowry had entered the game with a seven-game home winning streak, one shy of the AT&T Park record shared by Livan Herandez and Jason Schmidt.
So dire was the weekend in San Francisco that Bochy was eager to pile his team on a plane for road series against the Chicago Cubs (four games) and Milwaukee Brewers (three).
"It'll help us out," he said. "We're certainly not playing good ball at home."
Maybe the road can cure Bonds. He is within three outs of tying his career-worst 0-for-23 skid set as a rookie in 1986.
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DODGERS 5, GIANTS 3