ST. LOUIS – Bruce Bochy expects Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to be on his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series.
And the San Francisco manager isnt interested in any retaliation talk.
Whats on our mind is to go out and play our best ball, Bochy said Tuesday night, a day before the best-of-seven series resumes at Busch Stadium with the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals tied at one game apiece. Thats over. You have to move on.
Results of an MRI exam showed Scutaro has a strained left hip after Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday plowed into him on a late slide while busting up a double play Monday. Bochy said Scutaro also had a sore left knee and held him out of a workout as a precaution.
Were being hopeful he can go (in Game 3), Bochy said. I will say hes more optimistic about where hes at right now than when it first happened.
Giants starter Matt Cain, who will face fellow 16-game winner Kyle Lohse, said little about any carry-over animosity. Cain added that he wouldnt be afraid to throw inside against Holliday.
Youve got to go out there and pitch your game, Cain said. If something gets away from me inside, thats kind of part of the game.
You cant have a fear of doing that.
The 36-year-old Scutaro was an unexpected find for the Giants, batting .362 with 40 runs and 44 RBI in 61 games after being acquired in late July from the Rockies for a minor league infielder. Hes batting .250 with three RBI in the playoffs but has stepped it up in the NLCS, going 4 for 8 with two RBI.
Hes driven in a lot of two-out runs and gotten rallies going for us as well, Cain said. Hes been really, really big for us.
Bochy reiterated his opinion that Holliday had made an illegal slide, but said he hadnt talked with St. Louis manager Mike Matheny.
I dont think there was intent, to be honest, hurting somebody, Bochy said.
But it was late. Marco was behind the bag, he really didnt hit dirt until he got behind the base. And the second baseman, hes in a position there where there can be some damage done, as we saw.
Holliday defended his hard-nosed approach.
When Im at first and see a grounder to short, Im just trying to make sure they cant turn the double play, Holliday said. He was right on second base. I hope hes OK. Hes a good guy.