SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Cardinals are both sticking with the same lineups today as they used in Game 3. For the Giants, that means Travis Ishikawa stays seventh after his three-run double Tuesday. For the Cardinals, it’s A.J. Pierzynski again starting for injured Yadier Molina and catching right-hander Shelby Miller.
The full Giants lineup:
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And the Cardinals’ lineup against Ryan Vogelsong:
* Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he believes reliever Jeremy Affeldt is available today after throwing 1 2/3 innings in Game 3. Hunter Strickland is also available -- Bochy said the Giants wanted to stay away from the right-hander Tuesday.
Strickland threw a bullpen session on Monday’s off-day, after giving up his fourth home run of the postseason in Game 2. Bochy said he could have used Strickland if necessary in yesterday’s extra-innings win, "but I was trying to give him a day."
* Bochy was also asked about whether he’d considered having Juan Perez bunt with two strikes in the 10th inning (he didn’t, and after two failed sacrifice attempts, Perez singled). The manager said no, because Perez had "looked like he was having a hard time even getting the bat out front" on the first two attempts, and also because with Perez’s speed he wasn’t concerned about Perez hitting into a double play.
* Ryan Vogelsong makes his sixth career postseason start today. He hasn’t given up more than a run in each of the first five -- the first pitcher in major league history to accomplish that in his first five playoff starts. Curt Schilling holds the overall record with six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs, so Vogelsong could tie that today.
* The Kansas City Royals are currently three innings from going to the World Series as a Wild Card. The Giants are bidding to do the same. Is there something to the theory that having to win that one-game play-in gives you momentum going into the playoffs?
"It’s a good question," Bochy said. "There’s probably something about having to play that Wild Card game. You know there’s no lull in your play and there’s no drop in your guard. You’re not taking time off. So there could be something to that.
"But if you’re asking me which way I want it, I’d rather have things clinch a little bit earlier so you can kind of get things in order."
* Summing up all the Game 3 reading. The game story explored the wacky ending of another unorthodox Giants win. Meanwhile, Sergio Romo bounced back quickly from surrendering the walk-off homer in Game 2, and Perez got a quick shot at atonement in the 10th inning Tuesday.
Also, Marcos Breton weighed in on Bochy’s managerial moves in Game 3, including his decision to let Tim Hudson come back for the seventh inning. And Ailene Voisin wrote about Gregor Blanco finding ways to contribute to the win despite being in a prolonged slump at the plate.