CINCINNATI -- When Giants starter Barry Zito struggled out of the gate, manager Bruce Bochy yanked the left-hander after just 22/3 innings.
When Cincinnati's Mike Leake struggled out of the gate, manager Dusty Baker stuck with his starter ... until a two-run fifth broke the game open.
Did Baker think about taking out Leake any earlier?
"Well, I mean, did you know it was going to happen during that time?" Baker said, sensing he was being second-guessed after the Giants' 8-3 victory in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. "(Leake) was dealing during that time. You can always look back and say, 'Hey, should you have taken him out at that time. But what if he had gone another two or three innings and dealt."
Baker, a three-time N.L. Manager of the Year with the Giants, has more victories than any active manager other than the Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland. But his patience backfired this time as Leake surrendered five runs in 41/3 innings.
Leake's outing ended in the fifth after he surrendered back-to-back doubles to Joaquin Arias and Angel Pagan, and Marco Scutaro bunted Pagan to third base.
"He was getting the ball up in the middle of the plate," Baker said. "When he does that, generally speaking, like most pitchers, he gets hit."
Sanchez proved as much over nine innings, catching five different pitchers and scoring a run after a second-inning single. He also walked twice after drawing just five free passes in 227 regular-season plate appearances. Sanchez said he jokingly asked bench coach Ron Wotus for the lineup card as a keepsake.
"Two walks in one game is amazing for me!" he said. "I was focused."