CINCINNATI -- Bruce Bochy thought long and hard about his Game 4 lineup, and ultimately he went with a familiar one. Hector Sanchez will catch Barry Zito on Wednesday afternoon, bumping Buster Posey to first base and Brandon Belt to the bench.
"This is how we've done it for the most part," Bochy said. "I decided to go this way. I think Sanchez has done a great job catching and also gotten some big hits."
The Giants lineup has struggled through three games, two of them losses. The Giants had just three hits in Tuesday's win, becoming the first road team in 11 years to win a postseason game with three hits or fewer.
"With our struggles, maybe he can help out the offense a little bit," Bochy said of Sanchez. "We'll see if he can give us a spark, which is what we need."
Sanchez caught Zito 25 times in the regular season for a total of 143 1/3 innings. Posey was behind the plate for just 41 of Zito's innings.
-- Bochy said he would talk to Tim Lincecum before the game, and the right-hander is available out of the bullpen. Lincecum warmed up several times Tuesday night but didn't get into the game.
"That's a huge advantage," Bochy said of not using Lincecum. "Timmy is ready to go."
The Reds had a chance to force Bochy's hand. Manager Dusty Baker could have intentionally walked Joaquin Arias in the 10th inning to bring Sanchez into the game as a pinch hitter for Sergio Romo. Bochy would have brought Lincecum in for the bottom
"You had a dangerous hitter in Sanchez up next," Baker said. "He gets a hit or home run or whatever it is, Sanchez is a very good hitter. In that situation we knew that Arias was good against left-handers, and not that good of a hitter against right-handers. I don't want to put my pitcher in that situation."
Jonathan Broxton got the ground ball he needed, but Scott Rolen's error brought the go-ahead run home.
Bochy agreed with Baker's decision to face Arias. "He had a pretty good right-hander facing a right-hander who doesn't play every day," he said.
-- The Reds officially named Mike Leake their Game 4 starter on Wednesday morning, a move the Giants had anticipated. Johnny Cueto (oblique) was removed from the NLDS roster. Several of the Giants have had good past success against Leake, led by Pablo Sandoval, who is 7 for 10 with two homers against the right-hander. But Bochy said that might not be a sign of things to come.
"I don't know what (past) numbers mean right now, to be honest," he said. "He's a finesse pitcher that relies on control, and if he's hitting his spots, he's tough."
What does Bochy want to see from Sandoval and the rest of his players today?
"I don't want anybody trying to carry the load," he said. "Stay balanced. Don't get too big with the swing."