Here’s a list of players Bruce Bochy used in Friday’s win in New York.
No, wait. It’s probably easier to go with the players he DIDN’T use.
Ryan Theriot (he was too sick to fly with the team Thursday; he flew out Friday)
In other words, Bochy used everybody except his Aunt Jemima on Friday.
“I even played,” pitcher Matt Cain quipped.
Yes, he did. So let’s relive the carousel of players.
With the lefty Jonathan Niese on the mound for the Mets, the Giants went with a righty-heavy lineup.
- CF Angel Pagan
- RF Melky Cabrera
- 3B Pablo Sandoval
- 1B Buster Posey
- LF Brett Pill (his first career start in left)
- C Hector Sanchez
- 2B Emmanuel Burriss
- SS Brandon Crawford
- P Barry Zito
Pill was the first to go. After he grounded out in the top of the fifth to complete an 0-for-3 night, Bochy put Nate Schierholtz in RF and slid Cabrera over to LF for a better defensive lineup.
Then came Zito. He had another solid outing (5 IP, 2 ER, 4 Hits), but umpire Kerwin Danley’s fickle strike zone led to three walks and a lot of deep counts. Zito hit the 100-pitch mark by the end of the fifth.
So when Zito’s spot in the batting order came up in the sixth — and with Bochy now down to three available hitters on his bench — the skipper sent up Cain to bat for Zito. Cain struck out.
Guillermo Mota entered the game and pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, including two strikeouts.
When the left-handed hitting Josh Thole was brought in to pinch-hit for catcher Mike Nickeas to lead off the seventh, Bochy brought lefty Jeremy Affeldt in for Mota. Affeldt set down all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings.
Brandon Belt pinch-hit for Affeldt in the ninth, striking out on three pitches.
Belt stayed in the game in the bottom of the ninth in Bochy’s first double-switch of the game, replacing Posey at first base. Santiago Casilla took the mound.
But Casilla threw only two pitches, giving up a leadoff infield single to Jason Bay. With a string of lefties due up, Bochy yanked Casilla and brought in Javier Lopez.
Lopez got Lucas Duda to fly out before walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Josh Thole’s single tied the game and put the winning run on third base.
Bochy then pulled his second double-switch, bringing in Sergio Romo to pitch and Gregor Blanco to play CF in place of Angel Pagan.
Romo got Mike Baxter to ground into a fielder’s choice on a great play by Belt at first and Sanchez at the plate. Belt fielded the chopper from Baxter, spun and threw a strike at home, where Sanchez put a sweep tag on Nieuwenhuis. Romo then struck out Ruben Tejada.
Sanchez was the hero in the top of the 10th, too, when he singled home Melky Cabrera with the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th, Romo gave up back-to-back singles to Daniel Murphy and David Wright to open the inning. Out came Bochy again for his third double switch.
“He got his cardio in,” Affeldt quipped about his manager.
This time, Bochy went to Clay Hensley, and brought in Aubrey Huff to play LF with Cabrera going to RF and Schierholtz coming out.
The idea here was if the Mets tied the game again and sent it into the 11th, the pitcher’s spot would be up third. So instead of bringing Hensley in, then having to have Huff pinch-hit for him in the 11th, which would force Bochy to bring in his last reliever (Dan Otero), the double-switch would allow Hensley to pitch the 11th, if needed, by having Huff hit in the pitcher’s spot.
Any defensive liabilities that Huff might bring to the outfield alignment were negated by an outstanding job by Hensley. He got Ike Davis to ground out, then struck out Jason Bay and finally got Duda to fly out to center to end the game.
Bochy told Casilla he would be getting the lion’s share of closing opportunities. But he added that he would also play matchups.
“Throw ’em out there and hope it works out,” Bochy explained.
It did Friday.
Ryan Vogelsong takes on Mike Pelfrey in Game 2 of this four-game series. First pitch is at 10:10 a.m.