ST. LOUIS -- After a one-day experiment, Giants manager Bruce Bochy resumed using the batting order he typically employed this season against right-handed starting pitchers.
Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey returned to the third and fourth spots, respectively, for Friday's Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against St. Louis. They reversed roles in Game 4, which San Francisco lost, 8-3. Also, Hunter Pence reclaimed the No. 5 position in the order after hitting sixth Thursday.
Entering the game with the Giants trailing 3-1 in the series, Bochy explained that he wanted to implement the strategy that brought the team this far.
Moreover, Bochy said, "We didn't create many chances yesterday. At least in Game 3, we had our chances."
The Giants stranded 11 runners and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in their 3-1 Game 3 defeat. In Game 4, they left three runners on base and went 1-for-5 with men in scoring position.