"We talked at length about Khalil," Bochy said of his shortstop, who hasn't started a game since Aug. 17 after suffering a ligament tear in his left middle finger. "Blum has really done a great job. He's been playing well down the stretch here in September. He's had success off of Suppan, and Khalil has not gotten a lot of playing time."Khalil will admit that he's not going to be real comfortable up there at the plate, even though he's to the point now where he can take a pretty good swing. And I don't think it would be fair to the kid to throw him in there at this point." Game 4 starter up in air: Bochy also declined to name a starter for Game 4, electing to wait to see how Game 3 plays out. Jake Peavy, who lost Game 1 to Chris Carpenter, is an option, along with former Cardinal Woody Williams.
"At this point, we'll use all of them today if we have to," Bochy said of his pitchers. "We'll get through this game, and hopefully get a win, and we'll announce it after the game."
Confidence game: From Brian Giles' perspective, it's all about attitude. When the Padres are feeling good about themselves, they're dangerous. When they're not, they're vulnerable."This game's all about confidence," Giles said. "They get a great pitching performance from Carpenter in Game 1 and score some runs. They get great pitching again and shut us out in Game 2. They're a confident bunch now. It's up to us to do something about that. "All through September, when we were winning big games, we were extremely confident that we would find a way. There were several different points where we could have packed it in, but this team responded. We know what we have to do. We just have to go out and execute." Give a guy a break: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez thinks he knows what the Padres need to get rolling -- a little kiss on the cheek from Lady Luck. "I know for a fact we can come back and win this series," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, we catch the breaks now, get a few bloopers and dribblers to find holes. Then it's a different game. We haven't been getting any of those. We're due." Like Roberts, Gonzalez will be looking for an early breakthrough against Suppan, breaks or no breaks. With the season on the line, he's not thrilled about dealing with more of the shadows that made it difficult on hitters in the late innings at PETCO Park. It will be more of the same at Busch, where the infield was covered in shadows in the late afternoon Friday. "With these early games, the shadows in the late innings can make it really difficult," Gonzalez said. "Late in the game, I could see that the pitch was a curveball, but I couldn't pick up the distance and misjudged the ball. "Scoring some early runs, that's what we need to do."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.