MILWAUKEE -- Hoping to generate as much punch as possible from the lineup, Giants manager Bruce Bochy broke a yearlong pattern and started Buster Posey behind the plate to work with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in Monday's series opener against Milwaukee.
Typically, Eli Whiteside has caught Sanchez, a collaboration that was cemented last July 10. That's when Sanchez no-hit San Diego with Whiteside catching.
But several trends influenced Bochy's move: the Giants' spotty offense in their previous series at Colorado, where they hit .219 (34-for-155); Posey's decent series against the Rockies (5-for-13); and Whiteside's 3-for-22 skid.
Additionally, using Posey at catcher instead of first base freed the latter spot for Travis Ishikawa, who hit a grand slam Saturday and went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Sunday. This was partially a "percentage" move, since Ishikawa bats left-handed and Milwaukee starter Dave Bush throws right-handed.
"Right now, we're trying to get the hot bats in there and get some runs," Bochy said.
That also accounted for Pat Burrell's presence in the outfield, despite Nate Schierholtz's recent productivity, which included a triple Saturday night and a pinch-homer Sunday. Burrell entered Monday 5-for-13 with three home runs lifetime off Bush.