Giants Extras: Delaying inevitable for Wilson, Dodgers

Bochy on Petit: 'It was a good effort'

Giants Extras: Delaying inevitable for Wilson, Dodgers
September 11, 2013, 6:00 pm
"It's going to be a little weird ... I imagine a lot of guys will go up there and have a tough time not smiling."
Brandon Belt on facing Brian Wilson

SAN FRANCISCO -- It will be an emotionally-charged four-game series in Los Angeles through this weekend.

The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West is down to six, and an L.A. win in Wednesday night's game against the second-place Diamondbacks would reduce it to four.

The scenario leaves the Dodgers with a chance to clinch the NL West against the Giants this weekend. Rest assured, no one on the Giants roster is thrilled about the notion of watching Los Angeles celebrate a division title.

"You don't want any team to clinch against you," said Jeremy Affeldt, who is expected to be activated before Thursdays' series opener. "Let them clinch against someone else."

That they will clinch the NL West is somewhat of an afterthought; no division leader has a magic number as low as L.A.

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The trip south will also be the first time the Giants see former teammate Brian Wilson wearing white and blue, and players have differing feelings about that potential matchup.

"It's going to be a little weird," Brandon Belt said, "just because he's been a staple in San Francisco. I imaging a lot of guys will go up there and have a tough time not smiling."


Others disagree.

"It'll be no different," Brandon Crawford said.

Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro and Tony Abreu are the only Giants to have faced Wilson in his career. Combined, the five are 0-for-10 with six strikeouts.

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Ehire Adrianza was sent to the plate for the first time in his major league career as a pinch hitter in a pivotal situation Wednesday. The rookie delivered a textbook sacrifice toward third base on the first pitch he saw. He has now played in three consecutive games for the Giants, and is still without an at-bat.

"Perfect bunt," Bochy said. "He's a confident kid." He said, 'If you need a bunt down, I'm the guy.' He made it look easy. Young kid is up here for the first time, and he didn't look nervous at all."

Adrianza said he was sure of his abilities in large part because he dropped down 15 successful sacrifice bunts between Double- and Triple-A this year.

Bochy indicated that he would try to get the 24-year-old prospect more playing time -- and presumably an at-bat -- on the upcoming road trip.

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After stops at Dodger Stadium and Citi Field, the road trip will take the Giants to the new Yankee Stadium.

Bruce Bochy acknowledged that it's an interesting time of the year to be fulfilling the final games of the team's interleague slate, but there's not much of a fuss to make, considering the Giants have already been eliminated from postseason contention.

Bochy also indicated that he was excited for his players -- especially the young ones -- to get a chance to play in the park that opened in 2009. He'll attempt to get everyone playing time, including catcher Johnny Monell.

Monell, 27, was born in the Bronx and grew up close to the old Yankee Stadium, and he's looking forward to a homecoming.

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The Single-A San Jose Giants face the Visalia Rawhide in the decisive Game 5 of the best-of-five California League North Division Series Wednesday night.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Giants lost Games 3 and 4 to set up the Wednesday's finale.

The Giants will sent Pat Young to the mound. He was added to the team's roster at the beginning of the playoffs from Salem-Keizer after he posted a 0.92 ERA in eight starts with the Volcanoes.

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