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Bruce Bochy, meet Brandon Crawford
The Giants reportedly promoted several youngsters when major league rosters expanded on September 1st.
That remains an unconfirmed rumor given Bruce Bochy's player moves over the weekend.
Some vaguely-familiar guy named "Gillespie" pinch-hit on Saturday. A relief pitcher named "Edelfsen" threw an inning in relief, also Saturday.
That's it. All the rest of Bochy's position players, pinch-hitters and defensive replacements were the Usual Suspects.
Guess Bochy just felt safer with 36-year-old shortstop Orlando Cabrera (.229 BA) in there while young, agile, strong-armed Brandon Crawford sat back and watched.
And Bochy must have been determined to score runs his way. Trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning with a runner on second and no outs, Bochy eschewed the opportunity to bunt the runner to third. Brandon Belt popped out; the run never scored.
Emmanuel Burriss, one of Bochy's recently-added bench resources, is an excellent bunter. And there were numerous bats available to pinch-hit for the pitcher, whose spot loomed two hitters away.
Bochy just can't seem to stand youth. Yet, if the Giants are to retain Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain beyond 2013, they'll have to depend on cheaper, younger position players developing in their farm system.
You have to question whether Bochy is the right guy for that managerial job.