Tim Lincecum was also tremendous today, thanks to Bruce Bochy’s decision to start Timmy’s car 40% of the way through the parade. Lincecum delivered, coming through with some clutch finger-pointing and great movement on his waving.
Aubrey Huff was playing second base because the Giants didn’t have any middle infielders. But Buster Posey played all nine positions in college, and the backup catcher had already come in as a pinch-hitter. Still, Bruce Bochy wanted to keep Posey behind the plate for whatever reason, including the possibility that someone would try to slide into his ankle to take him out on a double play.
What happened? First, this amazing play, followed by a game-ending error by Posey, which happened after someone slid into his ankle to take him out on a double play.
Did all the weight that Sandoval lost off his midsection go directly to Bochy’s head? Seriously, that thing’s like Sputnik - spherical, but quite pointy in parts. Why wasn’t Bochy brought in as a defense witness in the Bonds trial? He’d prove that even a 55-year-old man can see his head become incrementally more gargantuan with each passing year, without any performance-enhancing drugs involved.
Don’t worry about Bruce. After the Giants rallied to win, down to their last strike in the ninth, he’ll be crying tears of joy tonight on his huge pillow.
As Dan Runzler handed off the game ball after a disastrous seventh inning, Bruce Bochy bobbled it, and then Aubrey Huff ran in and kicked the ball to the base of the fence. And during that whole sequence, Miguel Tejada swung at the ball four times.
Every move Bruce Bochy made worked out today. He started Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand, and they each scored a run. He stuck with Matt Cain in the seventh, and Cain got out of the inning. He lifted Cain for Javier Lopez, and Lopez mowed down the heart of Philly’s lineup. And he even got a quality cheerleading effort from the slumping Kung Fu Panda.