San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy gave Guillermo Quiroz the start at catcher Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a seeming reward for Quiroz’ walk-off homer on Saturday. This was not the case, however, as Quiroz was already set to receive the starting catcher nod for this night due to the team’s plans to play Buster Posey at first base at least once in the series.
After being the last position player called of the bench on Saturday, Quiroz made the most of it, which delighted a pitching staff he has experience with.
“I’m so happy for him,” Ryan Vogelsong, who pitched Saturday’s game, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He obviously had a great spring. He swung the bat well, and I know what kind of game-caller and defensive catcher he is.”
Quiroz caught a nice performance from starting pitcher Matt Cain, who entered with a an ERA close to six but improved upon it to the tune of one run allowed in 7.1 innings pitched. Quiroz also stepped up to the plate much more often on Sunday against L.A. as the seventh man in the lineup, but didn’t find as great of fortune as the previous night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
That doesn’t erase the mana that Quiroz added to the late-inning magic which the Giants have enjoyed:
Luke Montz’s 1,679 days between ML HRs was longest such stretch snapped….since #Giants‘ Guillermo Quiroz ended 1,784 day streak yesterday.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 5, 2013
Of course, it had to be for the Giants.