NEW YORK -- Sometimes, the manager's only choice is to smile or second-guess himself. That quandary fell to Giants manager Bruce Bochy after an eventful victory on Friday, but San Francisco's field boss preferred to take the high road. Bochy's team was a man short in Friday's win, and the Giants used 20 of the 24 players they had available.
Three of those men -- Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo -- were used in the ninth inning with the Giants clinging to a one-run lead. The Mets wound up tying the game, but San Francisco recovered and took a 4-3 win in extra innings. And after that close call, Bochy said there was no intense fit of introspection in the winning clubhouse.
"I guess relief," he said of his emotional reaction. "You won the game, and especially having a one-run lead in the ninth. When a game goes like that -- especially late in the ballgame -- there's a lot going on. You don't have time to really think about it. You have to be somewhat prepared for what you're going to do if the pitcher gets in trouble, and we had the guys ready for a double-switch.
"Then after the game, there's probably an hour's worth on reflecting back on what you could've done different -- or just relaxing a little bit. I was relaxed. ... Those type of games haven't gone too well for the Giants here."
Bochy was prepared to play an unorthodox defensive alignment if circumstances dictated, but he would up with a fairly conventional lineup. First baseman Aubrey Huff started the game on the bench but wound up in left field in the 10th inning, and Brandon Belt took over at first base from regular catcher Buster Posey in the ninth inning.
Brandon Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss played the entire game at the middle infield positions, but Bochy was prepared to lift either one if the situation called for it. And if it had, things might have gotten a little ugly.
"We told Huff to get his infielder's glove, to have a glove ready in case something did happen," said Bochy. "We give these guys a heads up. We talked to [Brett] Pill today to be ready. But Huff was the extra infielder, depending on what happened.
"Pablo [Sandoval] could go to the middle infield, or Huff could've gone to second base. ... It probably would've been his first time. But [Huff's] played first base. He's played third base. If the ball's hit to him, I'm pretty sure he could catch it."