Charlie Manuel couldn’t ignore the big fat egg Raul Ibanez has laid in the postseason anymore. Ben Francisco will get the start and bat seventh in between mutually slumping Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz. Chooch has looked miserable the past two games.
For the home Giants, Edgar Renteria stays in and leads off, Aubrey Huff is back in the three-hole, and Pablo Sandoval and Aaron Rowand caboose the lineup with Bumgarner.
Read this. Hopefully we can laugh about the futility later.