Bochy ejected for arguing strike call in sixth
Giants manager irked after Posey caught looking to end frame
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected from Saturday's San Francisco-San Diego showdown before the seventh inning began for arguing a strike call.Bochy was apparently upset about Tim Stauffer's 0-2 pitch to Buster Posey that plate umpire Mike Everitt called a strike to end the sixth inning. The Giants, who trailed, 4-0, had two runners on base. Between innings, Bochy left the Giants' dugout and advanced toward Everitt with his cap in his hand, yelling all the while. Everitt almost instantly signaled Bochy's ejection -- predictably enough, because that's the automatic penalty for arguing balls and strikes. Bochy continued his rant with crew chief Tim McClelland, who was stationed at first base, before leaving the field.
Ross rewarded, gets start in right for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- After providing an offensive spark as a middle-inning replacement Friday, Cody Ross earned the start Saturday in right field for the Giants' potential division-clinching game against the Padres.His performance Friday, as well as the way Ross has swung the bat the past couple of weeks -- hitting safely in his past 10 games with an at-bat -- prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to start Ross over Jose Guillen, who has one hit in his last 18 at-bats. "He's been swinging well, not just last night, but over the last couple weeks he's swung the bat well," Bochy said. "It's not easy sitting Guillen, but we've got Ross in there today and he's had some pretty good at bats."
Bochy tabs Fontenot over Sanchez at second
SAN FRANCISCO -- Freddy Sanchez wasn't in Saturday's starting lineup, and although his mental error in the bottom of the ninth on Friday all but ended the Giants' comeback, it wasn't the main factor in Giants manager Bruce Bochy's decision to keep him out."No, actually he swung the bat pretty well," Bochy said. Instead of Sanchez, Mike Fontenot started at second base. Although Bochy said Sanchez's strained right rotator cuff also wasn't 100 percent, he said Sanchez not starting wasn't injury-related and that Fontenot was just the best option for Saturday. Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a walk Friday, but his baserunning gaffe in the bottom of the ninth inning proved costly. After Sanchez drew a leadoff walk, Aubrey Huff laced a hard-hit ball to right field. Ordinarily, the ball would've been a double, but Padres right fielder Will Venable was playing deep, no-doubles defense. Venable made the catch, and was able to easily double off Sanchez, who thought the ball wouldn't be caught and was almost to third base. Bochy said Sanchez, who had his shoulder taped up prior to the game, would be available to come off the bench.
Giants poised to hit 3 million attendance mark
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants, who have typically ranked among the National League leaders in attendance since moving to AT&T Park in 2000, are poised to return to the 3 million level in tickets sold for the first time since 2007.Entering Saturday, the Giants' season attendance stood at 2,951,968 with two sold-out dates remaining. The club already has surpassed its totals for 2008 (2,863,843) and last year (2,861,113). Only four other NL teams will finish the season with attendance above 3 million: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago. The Giants' game-by-game dynamic pricing system, in which daily ticket costs rise and fall according to various factors, has helped keep sales brisk. "It's a lot harder to draw 3 million in today's world, and not just because of the economy," Giants president and chief operating officer Larry Baer said. "You have to have a more active system to sell tickets on a retail basis."