Giants Game 3 NLDS lineup: Status quo


Giants Game 3 NLDS lineup: Status quo

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)

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

Hundley still not ready to discuss future; Cain to start during final weekend

PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.

“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”

It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.

“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said. 

Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A. 

Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher. 

“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P