Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Affeldt, who was shelved with a strained left groin, probably wouldn't initially pitch in the stressful situations he's accustomed to handling. However, he was placed in a big spot Thursday as the Giants were running out of options.
Affeldt pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings spanning 10 appearances last postseason, which helped earn him a three-year, $18 million contract extension beginning this year. He was 0-3 with a 5.93 ERA and 0-for-3 in save opportunities in 16 games before being sidelined. Overall this year, Affeldt was 1-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 38 appearances.