10/17/12 4:26 PM ET
Four-year-old game guided Bochy's rain plan
By Tom Singer, Chris Haft and Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
"You kick yourself for not doing what you originally were going to do -- start Timmy," he said.
Bochy has Scutaro in Game 3 lineup
ST. LOUIS -- Marco Scutaro was in the Giants' starting lineup for Wednesday afternoon's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series vs. the Cardinals.Scutaro was in his customary spot -- batting second and playing second base -- in the lineup posted by manager Bruce Bochy in the San Francisco clubhouse before the Giants took the field for pregame workouts.
However, Bochy indicated that he would make the final call after Scutaro participated in pregame fielding drills. The second baseman suffered a strained left hip when St. Louis' Matt Holliday leveled him with a slide in the first inning of Game 2 on Monday."He will take ground balls, he'll get tested to see how the knee and the hip respond," Bochy said. "If we have to adjust, we will." That wasn't necessary, as Scutaro came through fine and started the game. When the Giants checked into Busch Stadium in the morning, Bochy had fully expected the gamer to be able to play. "Actually, it was a pretty easy call," Bochy said. "I kept in touch with [athletic trainer] Dave Groeschner, and after talking to Marco I could tell in his eyes that he was a lot more optimistic about playing. Last night, I felt a hundred percent that he would be out there."
Matheny honored to be part of Cain's early career
ST. LOUIS -- As Mike Matheny wrapped up his catching career with two seasons in San Francisco, his path intersected that of a budding young right-hander who had been taken in the first round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Three years after that Draft, Matheny caught Matt Cain's Major League debut on Aug. 29, 2005, and he went on to be his batterymate in five of the next six starts Cain made during his first season with the Giants. Matheny began the '06 season as Cain's primary catcher, too, before concussions ended his season -- and career -- prematurely.
Cain has since become a perennial All-Star, a staff ace, and he added a perfect game to his list of accomplishments in June. It was the first perfect game in San Francisco history. On Wednesday, Matheny, now manager of the Cardinals, prepared to watch Cain, San Francisco's Game 3 starter, from a different vantage point.
"[I've] always been a big fan of Matt and the way he has gone about his business," Matheny said before Wednesday's game. "Even as a young player, a lot like I talked about a young [Chris] Carpenter and Roy Halladay in Toronto, I saw the same sort of makeup in Matt Cain. The stuff was very obvious, but just the makeup and how he held himself together on the mound, much more mature than his age at the time. He's had a very, very nice career. And [he is] somebody that I have a lot of respect for, and [it] is an honor to be a part of his early career."
In two starts against the Cardinals this year, Cain allowed 16 hits and nine earned runs in 11 2/3 innings.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.