Giants sit Burriss, Huff against Moyer

Giants sit Burriss, Huff against Moyer

Giants sit Burriss, Huff against Moyer
DENVER -- The last time Jamie Moyer faced the Giants -- in a Spring Training game in March -- he threw four perfect innings, stymieing the San Franciscan bats.

"Hopefully they learned from it, because he had his way with us," manager Bruce Bochy said of the possibility that Moyer's outing stuck in the heads of the Giants' hitters. "He pitched great. He was hitting his spots. You hope hitters learn from that and the mistakes they made against him.

"A pitcher like Jamie who knows what he's doing, very smart, he can get the hitters to expand the zone. You need to maintain your discipline, and there's a tendency when you face a guy that doesn't throw real hard to get a little big with your swing. Then you're playing right into his game, and he gets you to hit the ground ball and hit his pitch."

With Moyer on the mound for the series finale with the Rockies, Bochy shuffled his lineup a bit. Despite stating that he'll generally go with the hot hand at second base, Bochy sat Emmanuel Burriss, who was 3-for-4 Wednesday, and started right-handed veteran Ryan Theriot against the southpaw starter.

"Manny had three hits, but they have a lefty going today," Bochy said. "Theriot has had success off the lefties. Especially with an experienced guy like [Moyer], a younger player sometimes gets a little too aggressive off him. We'll let them both play early, get matchups, and whoever deserves it will get the bulk of the playing time."

Another curious omission was Aubrey Huff, who hits Moyer at a .391 clip with three homers in 23 career at-bats.

"I thought Huff Daddy would be in my office saying, 'How am I not playing?'" Bochy said "He's had success against Moyer. I don't think he knew he had success against him. In the spring he had some tough at-bats."

After the spring game against Moyer, who throws a fastball in the upper 70s, a frustrated Huff said, "I'd rather not see guys like that. It screws up my week."

With right-hander Brett Pill getting his first start of the season at first, and Nate Schierholtz swinging a hot bat with two homers Wednesday, Bochy gave Huff a reprieve.

"He's got some numbers off this guy, but Nate had a good game yesterday, so I'm going to let Nate go out there," Bochy said.

Bochy faced Moyer at the tail end of his career and sees much the same pitcher on the mound when the 49-year-old faces the Giants.

"He was tough," Bochy said. "I was at the back end of my playing days. He had remarkable control on the outside part of the plate. Good movement, good sink on the ball. I think I got one hit."