Rain not much of factor in Game 7 of NLCS

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All that concern about a rainy Game 7 proved to be mostly unnecessary.

After a rainy night in San Francisco, the sun came out in the morning and both teams were able to take batting practice on the field before the game. A light drizzle fell briefly while the Cardinals took BP, but the game started without a delay.

“It’s good not to have that being an issue in a big game like this,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The ground crew put the tarp on the field as soon as the Giants won Game 6 and the field was in good condition despite the overnight rainfall.

“This ground crew, they do a great job,” Bochy said. “If there were any issues with water you’d hear the machines going. As far as I know it’s in great shape and all set to go.”

GAME 7 HISTORY: This marked just the second Game 7 ever played in San Francisco.

The first one, coming a half-century ago, provided one of the most dramatic endings ever for a winner-take-all game in baseball’s postseason.

With the New York Yankees protecting a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning at Candlestick Park, the Giants put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Willie McCovey then hit a screaming liner that second baseman Bobby Richardson grabbed to end the World Series.

“It’s been a few years, to put it mildly,” former Giants first baseman Will Clark said. “It’s just the way things have gone. In ’89 we had a Game 5, and in 2002 we had a Game 7 but it was in Anaheim. In 2010 we didn’t get to a Game 7.”

PADRES: Plan to bring in portions of the outfield wall at Petco Park and move the visitor’s bullpen from right-field foul territory to behind the home bullpen beyond the fence in left-center.

Chairman Ron Fowler says the change is needed because Petco Park is “the most extreme run-suppressing ballpark” in the majors. He says it will still be a pitcher’s park, but just not as extreme.

The wall will be moved in 11 feet from the right-field porch to the right-center gap and lowered to match the rest of the outfield wall. The out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall will be relocated to a new spot above right field as part of seating modifications.

In left-center, the fence will be moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet to allow for the visiting team’s bullpen to be relocated.

TWINS: Tom Brunansky is the new hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar will be the bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach has been tabbed as the bench coach and catching instructor, the team announced Monday.

ROCKIES: Appointed Mark Wiley to a new position of director of pitching operations. He spent the past five seasons with the Miami Marlins.


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