Giants Game 3 NLDS lineup: Status quo

October 9, 2012, 6:39 pm
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Programming note: Tune in to Giants Pregame Live today at 1:30 p.m. for complete coverage from Cincinnati right up until game time, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!CINCINNATI Reds manager Dusty Baker has no reason to tinker after his club whalloped the Giants twice at AT&T Park. Hes going with the same 1-through-8 lineup in Game 3. So is Giants manager Bruce Bochy.In fact, Bochy felt lineup continuity was so important that he plans to keep the same group together in Game 4, too and that means having Buster Posey catch Barry Zito, allowing Brandon Belt to stay at first base.Bochy told beat reporters that Posey would get the start behind the plate with Zito in a potential Game 4 on Wednesday, even though the left-hander has been paired with Hector Sanchez in all but a handful of his starts this season.RELATED: Giants-Reds NLDS Game 3 -- Matchup notes
But first, the Giants must win behind Ryan Vogelsong to extend this NL Division Series. Tuesday nights game is a rematch from April 26 , when Vogelsong and right-hander Homer Bailey ended up taking no decisions because Angel Pagan erased a two-run deficit with a three-run home run in the ninth off Reds lefty Sean Marshall.Marshall, who was the Reds closer at the time, hadnt blown a save before that.The Giants would prefer not to rely on another bolt from the blue to win. Theyd rather score early and grab a lead, then set up their frontline relievers. The Giants havent led in this series; theyve trailed at the conclusion of 15 of 18 innings.
Angel Pagan CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Pence RF
Belt 1B
Blanco LF
Crawford SS
Vogelsong RHP (14-9, 3.37)

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