Up until this season, this team's manager showed little of his intellectual side by playing washed up veterans and inconsistent youngsters, thus making his head appear as if it's filled with hot air.
|Bruce Bochy has his hats customized in order for them to fit|
Throughout this post season, he has done an excellent managing job that deserves some praise and recognition. After leaving Zito off the roster despite his enormous pay check, managing the bullpen diligently against some big bat teams and effectively rearranging the defensive alignment, Bochy has proven he knows what he's doing.
Tonight's game against the Rangers is a pivotal game. If the Giants pull out a victory, we have all the momentum on our side. But if we lose, this series is tied up and it becomes anyones' game.
The Giants sent rookie Madison Bumgarner on the mound against a deadly lineup with sluggers such as Vlad Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler.
Being a pitcher that produces a high percentage of ground balls, Madison Bumgarner needed the best defense behind him to help him out.
With a DH spot available for Bochy to fiddle with, he chose to take the wise choice and stay defense orientated.
Take out Pat Burrell and Pablo Sandoval from last nights lineup and insert Travis Ishikawa at first base and Nate Schierholtz in right field, now we have a defense mentality throughout the Giants lineup.
And it worked.
Bumgarner allowed just 3 hits in 8 solid innings as the Giants shut out the Rangers 4-0. Piece of cake thanks to some great defensive plays by Sanchez, Schierholtz, Ishikawa and Cody Ross.
The decision to put in Wilson in the ninth inning was also a wise choice that saved most of us from a potential panic attack.
So let us appreciate what Bruce "Big Head" Bochy's genius under his cap is thinking, because from what I can tell, it can contribute to the Giants first World Series title in San Francisco.