Skipper had confidence in letting Perez swing

Giants' Bochy felt speed would help after two failed bunt attempts

Skipper had confidence in letting Perez swing

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy's decision to take off the bunt and let Juan Perez swing in the 10th inning of Tuesday's Game 3 was among the events from San Francisco's 5-4 victory that merited further reflection.

Facing St. Louis left-hander Randy Choate, Perez fouled off two bunt attempts, then sandwiched a pair of swinging fouls around taking a ball before singling to left field. That advanced Brandon Crawford to second base, from where he scored the winning run on Choate's throwing error accompanying Gregor Blanco's bunt.

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Bochy explained that asking Perez to try a third bunt would have been futile.

"It looked like he was having a hard time getting the bat out front," Bochy said.

Citing Perez's above-average speed, Bochy believed that Perez probably wouldn't ground into a double play. Hence the removal of the bunt sign.

"I just felt our chances [were] better letting this kid swing," Bochy said.

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.