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Giants drop Burrell, Sandoval for Game 4

Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 5:27 pm
 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Are you tired of watching Pat Burrell strike out in the World Series?

Apparently, Giants manager Bruce Bochy is. Bochy benched Burrell for Game 4 on Sunday night, electing to start Nate Schierholtz in the outfield instead. Bochy also switched designated hitters from Game 3, picking Aubrey Huff (with Travis Ishikawa playing first base) over Pablo Sandoval.

Bochy said he plans to put Burrell back in the lineup for Game 5 Monday night, against Cliff Lee. Burrell struck out twice in two official at-bats against Lee in Game 1, but he also had his one impressive World Series at-bat, for a fifth-inning walk.

"This will give Pat a chance to work on things, and get his timing back," Bochy said.
 
Burrell helped the Giants get to the playoffs, after signing with San Francisco when he was released by the Rays, but in the postseason he has reverted to the form that cause the Rays to dump him in the first place. Burrell is 6-for-38 with 19 strikeouts since the playoffs began, and he was 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in the first three games against the Rangers.

The weak-hitting Giants don't have all that many options. Schierholtz was just a .242 hitter this season, with no power. Ishikawa hit .266, but also with little power. But at least Schierholtz and Ishikawa are decent defensive players. In fact, Bochy has often used Schierholtz as a late-inning defensive replacement for Burrell, and Ishikawa as a late-inning replacement for Huff at first base.

"It's the back end of the game starting the game," Bochy said.

With no Burrell in the lineup, Bochy moved Cody Ross (his one truly hot hitter) up to fifth in the lineup. Earlier this postseason, Bochy had batted Ross eighth.




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Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Giants drop Burrell, Sandoval for Game 4

Pat Burrell is horrible. It was painful watching him for 1 1/2 years with the Rays



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Giants drop Burrell, Sandoval for Game 4

This is a huge game for the Giants, they really have to hope this works because if it goes back to 2-2 then it's a totally new serries.


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