A rough night for Fontenot

Don’t fix what’s not broken.

For the most part, that’s a rule baseball managers live by. It’s

surely one Giants manager Bruce Bochy refuses to mess with.

Throughout this surprising season for the Giants, Bochy expertly

tinkered with his lineup, matching certain hitters against certain

pitchers, sometimes going by feel, sometimes using statistics to

influence his moves.

Recently, though, Bochy stood pat with his lineup. His reasoning

was simple – don’t fix what’s not broken – and the Giants had won

three straight playoff games before the

Phillies evened the National League

Championship Series at one game apiece with Sunday’s 6-1 win at

Citizens Bank Park.

The lineup Bochy was riding showed some cracks. Journeyman third

baseman Mike Fontenot, playing for the more-dangerous Pablo

Sandoval, had a throwing error in the first inning that led to an

unearned run for the

Phillies and let an infield pop-up

drop for a single. He also went hitless.

Leadoff batter Andres Torres, who plays center field ahead of

veteran Aaron Rowand, struck out four times.

“You’ll see a couple of changes,” Bochy said without being

specific. “These are things we’ll discuss on the flight back.”

There’s nothing the Giants can change about the way

Phillies righthander Roy Oswalt

handled them. He held the Giants to three hits – one of them the

third homer in two games by Cody Ross – and struck out nine.

“He was hitting spots with his fastball,” first baseman Aubrey

Huff said of Oswalt, who went eight innings. “He threw a lot more

fastballs than he did the last few times we faced him, and he had a

real good one. The ball was really jumping out of his hand. He was

going after guys. He pitched a great game.”

Oswalt also fooled Huff on the base paths during the

Phillies’ four-run seventh inning.

Oswalt was heading for third on a hit by Placido Polanco. As Huff

was deciding whether or not to cut off the throw from the outfield,

he glanced at

Phillies third-base coach Sam

Perlozzo and saw he was trying to hold Oswalt at third. Huff cut

off the throw. Oswalt ran through the stop sign and slid across

home plate ahead of Huff’s throw.

“I made a bad decision on that cutoff,” Huff said. “I glanced up

at their third-base coach and he had his hands up. So I cut it off

thinking maybe he’s going to make a big turn around third. The

throw [from the outfield] would have nailed him. It was one of

those plays, a reaction play. What are you gonna do?”

Fontenot’s error came in the first inning when his throw after

fielding a grounder by Polanco pulled Huff off the bag. The inning

then deteriorated for Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez, who walked

Ryan Howard, struck out Jayson Werth, then walked Jimmy Rollins to

force in a run. The error also resulted in a swollen pitch count

for Sanchez, who threw 35 in the first inning. The run he allowed

was unearned.

In the fourth inning, Rollins hit a harmless infield pop and

flipped his bat in disgust. Sanchez pointed to the ball and

Fontenot moved toward the mound to make the catch. Then he

inexplicably took a step back and the ball dropped in front of him

for a single. No damage came of it, except perhaps to the

confidence Bochy had in Fontenot.

On the long charter flight back to San Francisco, Bochy had

plenty of time to tinker with his lineup for Tuesday’s Game 3.