Jim Seimas, Airing It Out: Bruce Bochy’s moves always seem to be right for Giants

October 26, 2014 - photo frame

SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy put a pitcher nothing of us wanted to see again behind on a pile Saturday. And that was a good thing.

Rookie fireballer Hunter Strickland — who has delivered home run balls to hostile hitters on a china platter this postseason — tossed a scoreless ninth as a Giants put a finishing touches on an 11-4, come-from-behind win over Kansas City to even a World Series during dual games apiece.

Not all of Bochy’s moves lay good with a fans. The finish results, some-more mostly than not, do.

Forget a dual World Series rings for his bear-sized hands and that planet-sized conduct full of ball knowledge. Bochy was passed wrong during a opening of a game.

San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco slides into home image as Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez waits for a chuck on a two-run RBI double by Joe Panik

Bochy, we thought, gift-wrapped a feat for a Royals by starting Juan Perez in left margin instead of giving overwhelming slugger Michael Morse a start. The Giants’ diseased offense, hold to 4 runs in a past dual games — both waste — indispensable his bat 4 times, not usually once, as would be a box if he served as a splash hitter.

But that wasn’t a biggest blunder, and we wasn’t alone here. Most of us suspicion Bochy should spin to staff ace and Game 1 personality Madison Bumgarner on brief rest to give a Giants a improved possibility to redeem from a 2-1 array hole and hopefully representation in Game 7, if a array stretched that long.

Bochy did things his way, and again, it worked. Not to perfection, yet tighten adequate for a Giants to be in good figure in this series. Game 5 is on Sunday during 5 p.m. during ATT Park.

Vogelsong lasted usually 2 2-3 innings, throwing a season’s value of pitches — 34, to be accurate — in his final inning. But a bullpen came to his aide, interjection in partial to 3 plain innings from Yusmeiro Petit.

“He done some good pitches and we couldn’t get that final out,” Bochy pronounced of Vogelsong. “I consider if he gets an out there, he throws a good diversion for us. He had buzzard’s luck. The bullpen came by for us.”

So did a Giants’ scrappy, never-say-die offense. It motionless to put on a attack arrangement with dual outs in several large frames. None was bigger than Pablo Sandoval’s two-out strike in a sixth.

After a Royals put adult a four-spot in a tip of a third inning for a 4-1 lead, it looked like a Giants were cursed to another home detriment and a 3-1 array deficit. After all, Royals skipper Ned Yost was usually a few innings divided from branch to his highly-praised and proven, widespread bullpen.

He didn’t feel so assured though, he said.

“The diversion was unequivocally early,” he said. “I don’t ever feel good with a lead until we have a final out.”

The Giants — clearly personification a diversion of anything we can do, we can do improved — constructed a large inning of their own, removing dual runs in a fifth to follow Royals starter Jason Vargas.

Bring on that bullpen, a Giants clearly beckoned, while Petit battered his glove after any shutout frame.

The Giants tacked on 3 runs in a sixth and 4 some-more in a seventh for a 11-4 lead, call ecstatic Giants fans to intone “You’re so quiet” to once-boisterous Royals fans clumped together in a nosebleeds in Section 334.

Morse eventually got his pinch-hit coming and drew a walk.

A Kansas City Royals fan turns her behind to a margin after San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik strike a two-run double in a seventh inning during

And Perez was a defensive dilettante Bochy envisioned. The left fielder done a diving locate to sack Alex Gordon of an extra-base strike in a seventh.

It was one of many defensive doozies incited in by a Giants, who are relying on pitching, invulnerability and timely offense to move them their third Series pretension in 5 years.

Friday night, a Giants changed one step closer to ball glory, interjection to Bochy’s knowledge and a group that responds so good to a intrepid leader.

They wish to take another step Sunday, when their ace stairs behind on a strike — on full rest.

“We’re not going to change a march on how we’re going to do things,” Bochy said. “We wanted to keep (Bumgarner) on a normal slight and rest. we feel a lot improved to be honest.”

Most Giants fans feel a same.

Contact Jim Seimas during jseimas@santacruzsentinel.com or 831-706-3256.

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