Giants try different look, minus Burrell

Ishikawa, Schierholtz in, Burrell, Sandoval out

November 01, 2010|By Bill Shaikin, Tribune newspapers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Travis Ishikawa had not started since Aug. 14. Nate Schierholtz had not started since Sept. 15.

However, on the last day of October, the Giants put both players in their starting lineup. With Pat Burrell striking out virtually every time up, and with the designated hitter in effect, the Giants cobbled together a lineup for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday.

Burrell was benched. He is hitless in the World Series, with eight strikeouts in nine at-bats.

Cody Ross moved from right field to left to replace Burrell. The Giants put Schierholtz, who usually serves as a defensive replacement for Burrell, in right field. Of the Giants' 10 postseason home runs, Ross has five.

Ishikawa, the Giants' top pinch hitter, started at first base, with Aubrey Huff moving to designated hitter. Pablo Sandoval, hitless in three at-bats at DH in Game 3, returned to the bench for Game 4.

More on Moreland: More notes on Rangers rookie first baseman Mitch Moreland, whose three-run home run gave the Rangers all the runs they needed to win Game 3:

•He is the first player in World Series history to play first base, bat ninth and hit a home run.

•He is the first left-handed batter to hit a home run off a left-hander in the World Series without ever hitting a home run off a left-hander during the regular season or other postseason game.

Down and out: Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando was using a high-90s fastball to dominate Giants hitters in Game 4 but left the game after throwing a pitch to Juan Uribe in the sixth inning. He was diagnosed with a strained left oblique muscle, and has been ruled out of the series.

Texas manager Ron Washington said he expected Major League Baseball to allow Ogando to be replaced on the roster. Right-hander Dustin Nippert and left-hander Clay Rapada are among the pitchers under consideration.

Ninth heaven: Entering Game 4, the Rangers' No. 9 hitters had a .347 average in 14 postseason games. That made them one of only seven teams to play at least 10 games and have No. 9 hitters bat over .300 — the best a .393 average by the 2002 Angels.

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