San Francisco Giants

Bochy talks Vogelsong’s immediate role, Petit’s future one

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Vogelsong said he planned to tell manager Bruce Bochy first thing this morning he would be available in relief for the remainder of the World Series, following his short outing in Game 4.

Bochy said this afternoon that’s definitely an option.

"Oh sure," Bochy said, "if we need some help after the day off (Monday), he can give us some help.

"I guess the scenario is we need help, some guys aren’t available, extra innings, things like that. I’d use him really in any role."

Bochy reiterated that he thought Vogelsong had good stuff Saturday night but was the victim of some misfortune, particularly in the third inning, when he threw 34 pitches and was knocked out before he could record the third out.

"I’ve kidded him about it, but I’m serious, I think he’s had terrible luck (this season)," Bochy said. "I don’t think his numbers were indicative of how he’s thrown the ball."

Bochy also affirmed there were never any serious discussions about using Yusmeiro Petit in a start in the Series, and you saw why in Game 4. Petit came in and pitched three pivotal middle innings while the Giants went from a 4-1 deficit to a 7-4 lead, the third time this postseason Petit has had crucial long relief outing.

"He’s pretty valuable there," Bochy said.

That said, Bochy was also asked whether Petit could be a candidate for a starting role in 2015. It’s looking a long way ahead, but Bochy didn’t rule it out.

"I think you have to look at how he’s thrown the ball," he said. "These are things you have to talk about in the offseason. But this guy’s been a savior."

One lineup change for the Giants in Game 5: Facing a right-hander in James Shields, Travis Ishikawa is back in left field instead of Juan Perez. The full Giants lineup:

CF Blanco

2B Panik

C Posey

3B Sandoval

RF Pence

1B Belt

LF Ishikawa

SS Crawford

P Bumgarner

And the Royals’ lineup against Bumgarner:

SS Escobar

LF Gordon

RF Cain

1B Hosmer

C Perez

3B Moustakas

2B Infante

CF Dyson

P Shields

It was pointed out to Bochy that while Petit got his first postseason hit Saturday night -- and the sixth of his career in more than 100 at-bats -- today’s starter is still searching for his first knock in the playoffs. Think Madison Bumgarner’s thinking about that?

"I’m sure he is," Bochy said. "He’s getting pitched pretty tough. You get a reputation, he’s getting pitched like a hitter."

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