SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not know that Saturday night's walk-off hero, Guillermo Quiroz, had caught Dodgers closer Brandon League, off whom he homered in the 10th inning Saturday, in previous career stops at Seattle and Toronto until he was informed Sunday morning.
But he knew all along that Quiroz would start at catcher once this series.
Quiroz found himself in the starting lineup Sunday, only his second start of the season. He last started April 24, also the last time he had played before Saturday. He batted seventh, and the start came a day after his walk-off solo home run in the Giants' 10-9 win. It was the Giants' second consecutive walk-off win against the Dodgers and the 11th time they've come from behind to win this season, most in the Majors.
"We kid around about a rule we have that if you hit a home run you get to play the next day," Bochy said. "Actually, I had told Buster [Posey] that he would play first base one game. It just worked out great."
Posey started at first base, as regular Brandon Belt got a breather against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Quiroz has built a reputation for being a hard worker who comes in early, on Sunday balancing an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball camera filming him in the clubhouse with a meeting with starter Matt Cain to discuss Dodgers scouting reports.
"To do what he was able to do last night, we're all proud of him," Bochy said.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less