Asked before Tuesday’s game whether Madison Bumgarner really would be available in relief – two days after throwing 117 pitches in a complete-game shutout – Giants manager Bruce Bochy said yes, but that he’d prefer to stay away from the left-hander.
“We’ll try to get this done without him tonight,” Bochy said.
The Giants did not, falling to the Kansas City Royals 10-0 at Kauffman Stadium, and now Bumgarner figures to be part of an all-hands-on-deck pitching approach in the decisive Game7 tonight.
Right-hander Tim Hudson is scheduled to start but likely will be on a short leash. Bochy seemed to begin thinking ahead to Game 7 early in Tuesday’s game, with the Giants trailing 7-0 after the second inning, by not using his key relievers.
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Bochy used Yusmeiro Petit, the Giants’ lights-out long reliever most of the postseason, for just two-thirds of an inning. After Petit recorded the final two outs of the second inning, Bochy used Jean Machi for the next three, ostensibly keeping Petit available for another appearance tonight.
It was just the second time in Machi’s career he had thrown more than two innings in an outing. The three innings matched his career high, set April 27 of last season against San Diego – and the right-hander’s 51 pitches were the most he had thrown in an appearance.
Hunter Strickland relieved Machi in the sixth and pitched two innings, and Game 4 starter Ryan Vogelsong pitched the eighth.
Bochy did not use Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo or closer Santiago Casilla. None has pitched in the last three days because of Bumgarner’s complete game and Monday’s off-day.
Bochy did specify he does not intend to start Bumgarner tonight, despite the disparity this postseason between Bumgarner’s numbers and those of the Giants’ other starters.
In six postseason starts, Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA, 26 hits allowed and 41 strikeouts in 472/3 innings. All other Giants starters have combined for a 5.40 ERA in 10 games, with 52 hits allowed and 30 strikeouts in 462/3 innings.
Peavy had bruised thumb
Jake Peavy started Tuesday despite a bruised right thumb suffered when he reached for a foul ball in the dugout during one of the World Series games at AT&T Park.
Bochy said before the game Peavy had thrown multiple times since the incident with “no issues” and had “passed all the tests” to pitch.
“If we thought there were any issues, or we weren’t comfortable, he wouldn’t start,” Bochy said.
Tribute to Taveras
Major League Baseball held a moment of silence before the game for Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who died in a car crash Sunday in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22.
Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura chose to honor Taveras in his own way Tuesday. He wrote a message in white on the front of his blue Royals hat: “RIP O.T. #18.”
Taveras had just completed his rookie season with the Cardinals that included two memorable moments against the Giants – his first career home run in his second major-league at-bat May 31, and a home run off Machi in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 12.
Among those players close to Taveras was Giants outfielder Juan Perez, who said he pointed to the sky to remember Taveras after hitting a two-run double in the eighth inning of Game 5.
▪ The Royals will start right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in Game 7. The Stanford alum earned the win in Game 3 after holding the Giants to two runs and four hits in five innings. Guthrie said Tuesday he relished the prospect of a Game 7 start.
“My memories of a Game 7 probably go back to Jack Morris,” who threw a 10-inning complete game for Minnesota in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series against Atlanta, Guthrie said.
“I remember that game. I was 12 years old, so certainly would appreciate the effort that he gave and the magnitude of that game, to be able to pitch like he did and win the World Series.”
▪ Roseville native and Jesuit High School alum Andrew Susac made his World Series debut when he replaced Buster Posey at catcher in the seventh.