CINCINNATI -- Manager Bruce Bochy's original plan to get through the final two innings of a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds was scuttled by a foul ball.
Jeremy Affeldt pitched a shutout seventh inning and was supposed to face Jay Bruce in the eighth, but Affeldt had to be removed after a screamer off Gregor Blanco's bat sent him scrambling. Affeldt was standing on the top step of the dugout and ducked out of the way, only to fall down the steps and jam his left hand as he braced himself for the fall.
Affeldt was wearing a wrist guard on his left throwing arm during the postgame celebration, but insisted he was OK.
"I'm just wearing it in case one of these knuckleheads tries to hit me with a champagne bottle," he said. "I wish I would have gotten hit by the ball because it would have made me seem tougher. It's just another weird injury."
Affeldt has a history of those. He stabbed himself in the hand while trying to separate frozen burger patties late last season, and went on a disabled list in May after a big hug from his son led to a sprained knee.
The knee injury landed Affeldt at No. 2 on an ESPN list of strangest injuries.
"Tell them I want to be No. 1," Affeldt joked. "They won't shaft me again."
The matter could turn serious if Affeldt has to miss any time. The National League Championship Series begins Sunday, and Affeldt contributed 32/3 shutout innings in the first round. When he couldn't go back out for the eighth, Javier Lopez entered and got Bruce to ground out.
George Kontos, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo also came out of a bullpen that allowed just one run over 31/3 innings.
"They were making pitches when they had to," Bochy said. "All of them did a great job the whole series."
"Hey, you've got to contribute somehow," said Hensley, who was left off the roster for the first round but traveled with the team in case of injury.
Hensley contributed after the homer, too, but almost in a negative way. He was throwing fiery punches around the dugout, most aimed at Barry Zito, when he caught Angel Pagan on the chin.
"It was an accident," Hensley said, smiling. "But I almost laid him out."
Pagan was on third base when Posey's blast left the yard, silencing a sellout crowd. Catcher Ryan Hanigan immediately ducked his head and started walking away from the plate, but Pagan's first move wasn't toward the plate.
"I was going back to tag at third base," Pagan said. "In our home ballpark, you never know. So in this game you've always got to be sure."
There ended up being no doubt about Posey's shot -- it traveled an estimated 434 feet.
"I'm going to be the best cheerleader I can," Wilson said. "I've got a raging headache, and I wouldn't change a thing."