Programming note: Immediately after Nationals-Giants Game 3 ends, change the channel to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for comprehensive postgame coverage on "October Quest."
SAN FRANCISCO – Managers don’t like to ruminate on tomorrow’s starting pitcher when they have a chance to sweep a series today.
But Bruce Bochy confirmed that Ryan Vogelsong would be his Game 4 starter Tuesday at AT&T Park, with Jake Peavy in tow in case the Washington Nationals push this best-of-5 series to a deciding game in the District of Columbia.
So … Vogelsong. What, you were expecting Barry Zito or Salomon Torres?
The Nationals made it official that left-hander Gio Gonzalez would oppose Vogelsong in Game 4. First, they have to avoid getting swept and find a way around Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 on Monday.
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Bochy did make one surprising statement, saying he would consider using Yusmeiro Petit for an inning or two even though the right-hander threw 80 heroic pitches in six innings of Saturday’s 18-inning victory at Nationals Park.
Bochy also acknowledged some concern about Buster Posey, who caught all 18 innings Saturday. But Posey told him he felt all right and was ready to play.
A couple other pregame notes:
--Bochy said Tim Lincecum would have pitched the 18th inning if the Giants hadn’t scored, since he would’ve pinch-hit Gary Brown for Petit regardless. Vogelsong also went down to the bullpen in the latter stages for coverage “if the thing ended up going another eight, nine innings,” Bochy said.
--Michael Morse didn’t go to instructional league after all. He might get some at-bats in a simulated game against some of the pitchers (George Kontos, Juan Gutierrez, Erik Cordier) who aren’t on the NLDS roster.
--Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career starts at AT&T Park, two of them while pitching for the A's. "It was very cool," Gonzalez said. "Today at Starbucks, I had a fan come up to me and say, `I'm an A's fan and I remember you. Just want to wish you luck.'"
--Really good news on Gustavo Cabrera, the outfielder who signed for $1.3 million last year as a 17-year-old before sustaining a horrific accident Oct. 22 in which his right hand was nearly severed. Cabrera is back playing in instructional league, and has regained all sensation in his hand. He was the DH early on and started his first game in left field on Wednesday. Mark Gruesbeck, who was in his first week as the Giants’ minor league athletic training coordinator when Cabrera was rushed back from the Dominican Republic, earned rave reviews from VP Bobby Evans at how swiftly and professionally he handled a critical situation.
--Daniel Bryan, the wrestler who originated the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant, is at the ballpark for Game 3. We’ll see what the Giants have planned for him. It’s kind of funny, but Hunter Pence didn’t know about Bryan when he brought the dugout celebration here. He’d seen it at halftime of a Michigan State basketball game.