Sunday's Game 4 of the World Series has some big line-up changes courtesy manager Bruce Bochy.
The big news is that Bochy benched slugger Pat Burrell, after Burrell goes 0-9 in the World Series.
Another big change is that Aubrey Huff is not playing first base. He is still playing though. Bochy moved Huff to designated hitter and Travis Ishikawa will take over the bag at first. Cody Ross moves to left field and Nate Schierholtz starts in right field.
Here's the line-up:
- Andres Torres, CF
- Freddy Sanchez, 2B
- Aubrey Huff, DH
- Buster Posey, C
- Cody Ross, LF
- Juan Uribe, 3B
- Travis Ishikawa, 1B
- Edgar Renteria, SS
- Nate Schierholtz, RF
Bochy told AP that he talked to Burrell ahead of benching him. "It's far to say he's not seeing the ball. His timing's off," Bochy said.
Burrell said the same after Saturday's loss. Not ducking from his lack of a hitting streak Burrell faced reporters and admitted the obvious, "My night wasn't good."
"That's not exactly how you draw it up in your pregame routine," Burrell added. "It's just a bad time to struggle. There's no way around it. I'm getting pitches to hit. I'm just not doing anything with it and chasing some balls off the plate."
Burrell was later seen on a lap top in the locker room watching his swings.
Bochy also told AP that Burrell would be back in the lineup Monday night in Arlington.
The starting pitcher Sunday is Madison Bumgarner. The 21-year old will face off against Texas Ranger right-hander Tommy Hunter.
If the Giants can pull out a W, they will be up 3-1 with just one win away from winning the World Series.
If they lose, the only good news for Giants fans is that the team will come home to San Francisco for at least Game 6 Wednesday and a possible Game 7 Thursday.