I know the New York Yankees – Minnesota Twins series was a dud, but other than that series, this postseason so far has been fantastic. And the San Francisco Giants – Atlanta Braves series has been really fantastic.
In Game 1, we saw an all time pitching performance from Tim Lincecum. In Game 2, we saw the Braves comeback on the Giants’ bullpen after the Giants took a 4-0 lead. And in Game 3 we saw a range of emotions in the final two innings like we haven’t seen in a very long time.
With the Giants holding a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, Alex Gonzalez led off the inning with a single up the middle off of Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez was pretty much unhittable up to that point (more on him later) and this single was a big break through.
After Brooks Conrad (more on him later too) failed to move the runner over, Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy decided that he would rather have Sergio Romo face Eric Hinske rather than Sanchez face Troy Glaus, who was announced as the pinch-hitter.
Sanchez was up to 105 pitches at that point and I am not sure why Bochy didn’t stick with him. Sanchez threw more than 105 pitches 12 times during the season, so this wasn’t going to be foreign territory for him.
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