Decision at high noon
SAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy said late Tuesday morning, just as the rain stopped falling at AT&T Park, that he and other principals would meet at noon to discuss their options.
Those options included declaring a rainout and playing a doubleheader Wednesday; adjusting Tuesday’s starting time (there were reports that the rain would cease from around noon to 3 or 4 p.m. or playing the game on a mutual off-day later in the season, which would be darned near impossible.
This is the Brewers’ lone visit to San Francisco, which heightens the urgency to play. Besides, no manager wants to try to get his team through a doubleheader at this juncture in the season.
“Do you want to do it this early? No. But it’s something we could get through,” Bochy said. “Everybody would play.”
Bochy indicated that he and his Milwaukee counterpart, Ken Macha, would pay particular attention to the early-afternoon forecast. “What we don’t want to have happen is we start the game and both teams lose their starter,” Bochy said.
The Giants have the ideal pitcher for this situation going to the mound: Tim Lincecum, who performed in foul weather numerous times while growing up in the Seattle area and attending the University of Washington.
As Bochy related, Lincecum could handle short notice to get ready to pitch. “Just give me 15 minutes,” Lincecum told the skipper.
– Chris Haft