Bochy said he would agree that batting third might have bothered Belt if he struggled in his first two plate appearances that night. However, Belt hit the ball solidly to center field on each occasion, flying out to the warning track and lining out.
"He smoked the ball. He had great at-bats," Bochy said.
Besides, as Bochy noted, the flow of the game often makes batting-order position irrelevant as innings pass.
"Once you get in the middle of the game, I don't know how you know what hole you're hitting in, really," he said.