Giants take no chances, go with 10-man pitching staff

San Francisco prepared for extra innings in NL Wild Card Game vs. Pirates

Giants take no chances, go with 10-man pitching staff

PITTSBURGH -- The Giants sought apparent flexibility in establishing their 25-man roster for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In case the game extends deep into extra innings, the 10-man pitching staff includes right-handers Jake Peavy and Yusmeiro Petit, members of the starting rotation who are conditioned to throw multiple innings. Petit, who has pitched mostly in relief, also would be comfortable in that role. Tim Lincecum, sent to the bullpen in late August, is another reliever whose starting experience would enable him to fill a long-relief role. The remaining pitchers on the roster: Madison Bumgarner, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Hunter Strickland.

  Date   Result Highlights
  Oct. 1   SF 8, PIT 0 video

Guillermo Quiroz was included as a third catcher behind starter Buster Posey, enabling the Giants to use rookie backup Andrew Susac as a pinch-hitter if necessary.

A mild surprise among the seven infielders was first baseman Adam Duvall, who belted a pinch-hit home run Sunday. Duvall's power and ability to play the infield corners helped him earn inclusion on the roster.

Keeping outfielders Gary Brown and Juan Perez on the roster will give Giants manager Bruce Bochy added flexibility if he needs to use a pinch-runner.

The rest of the Giants' NL Wild Card Game roster: Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Matt Duffy, Joe Panik, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco, Travis Ishikawa and Hunter Pence.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.