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LOS ANGELES – While the Giants try to contemplate life without Angel Pagan atop their order, manager Bruce Bochy has a rather large vacancy in the cleanup spot as well.
Pablo Sandoval is hitting .188 in September and couldn’t come through with runners on base in three late-inning situations Monday night. Hunter Pence isn’t much better, at .194 this month.
But this is no time for Bochy to play Yahtzee with the lineup.
“It’s not like I’ve got anybody hot,” Bochy said prior to Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. “I still like his presence there. I keep thinking we’ll come out of this.”
Sandoval was working on some swing changes with hitting coaches Hensley Meulens and Joe Lefebvre, and Bochy was optimistic they might help the Panda flip a switch.
“We think we can get him going,” Bochy said.
In other news, Bochy said everyone in the bullpen would be available one night after four relievers combined to throw six no-hit innings in a 3-2, 13-inning victory at Dodger Stadium. Jean Machi might be limited to a batter or two, though.
And Hunter Strickland, who recorded his first big league save while throwing 100 mph, then got tossed in the laundry cart by teammates and doused with bottles of Hidden Valley Ranch, among other condiments?
Bochy doesn’t like to talk about things like playoff rosters. But …
“Some things are pretty evident,” Bochy said of the right-handed rookie.