Braves manager Bobby Cox indicated after Friday’s game, that he’s leaning toward pitching Derek Lowe in Game 4 on Monday against the Giants.
Cox would go with Lowe on three days’ rest over rookie Brandon Beachy, who has only three starts of major league experience. Lowe pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 1-0 loss Thursday to Tim Lincecum, who struck out 14 in a complete gave victory in Game 1.
“He threw, if you subtract the intentional walk, I think only 88 pitches, and he’s been politicking before the series started,” Cox said of Lowe. “And he’s good on three [days rest]. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches, he didn’t labor. Right now I would lean toward him, subject to change, but I don’t know why not.”
Lowe beat the Marlins on three days’ rest on Sept. 29, allowing only one run in 5 2/3 innings. He’s 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts on three days’ rest.
Lowe actually made his well-known 2004 ALCS Game 7 start for the Red Sox against the Yankees on two days’ rest. He allowed one run in six innings in the 10-3 win.
The only run Lowe allowed the Giants Thursday came after Buster Posey stole second on a play he admittedly should have been called out on and then scored on a play-able groundball past third baseman Omar Infante.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not announced who will start Monday for Giants, either Lincecum on three days’ rest or rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner.