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Bumgarner, Lincecum available in relief in Game 6 of NLCS

Oct 21, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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The Giants are starting Ryan Vogelsong in Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Cardinals and will turn to Matt Cain if the series goes seven.

And it’ll be all hands on deck behind them.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News that Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner are available in relief in Game 6 and could also be used if the club forces Game 7.

Bumgarner, who’s been displaying signs of fatigue since mid-August, yielded six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings during the Giants’ NLCS Game 1 defeat. Lincecum yielded four runs over 4 2/3 innings as San Francisco fell in Game 4. If they’re called upon, it will likely be for mop-up duty in a blowout win or loss.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Lately, Tim has been far more effective as a long reliever than as a starter. Should Vogelsong get in trouble early, Lincecum would be the natural choice to replace him on the mound. However, the key to the Giants hopes lie in their hitting: the pitching will take care of itself, but a strong offense will take this series to Game 7. Go Giants!

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    As a Cardinals fan…I certainly hope one (or both) are pitching at some point during tonights game.
    From where I sit…either of these guys pitching means things are boding well for St. Louis.
    Go Cardinals!

    • sailcat54 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Well, it’s the bottom of the fourth inning and the score at the moment is five to nada. It’s not over yet, of course, but it’s looking good for the Gigantes! Keep it up, Vogelsong!

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