This afternoon the Giants split their squad to face the Oakland Athletics in one game and the Seattle Mariners in the other. In both, the offense came through as the Giants scored a total of 15 runs today. The pitching was shaky, but it is all part of the learning process.
In the first game, the Giants fell to the A’s 8-7. Matt Cain was handed the loss when he gave up 8 hits that led to 5 runs (4 earned) in 2.2 innings. Relief pitcher Steve Johnson would account for the other three runs, but a barrage of six other relievers did not allow a run. This included spring training invites Guillermo Mota, Santiago Casilla and Denny Bautista. Brian Wilson was the only other regular to pitch today and he threw a scoreless 7th inning.
For the offense, the team’s leadoff hopeful Aaron Rowand went 2-3 and upped his average to .476. DeRosa also went 2-3 and Huff went 1-3, bloating their averages to .714 and .353 respectively. Top prospect Buster Posey also went 2-4 this afternoon.
In the Giants win, they defeated the Mariners 8-4 to improve their spring record to 9-3. Kevin Pucetas tossed three perfect innings in the start to get his first win of the spring. Steve Edelfsen was roughed up in the final inning and his ERA bloated to 11.57. Giants also saw appearances from former Pirate Eric Hacker, last season surprise Brandon Medders, Osiris Matos, and Sergio Romo.
Andrew Torres made a case for a regular job when he homered, tripled and scored 3 runs while improving his batting average t0 .318. Giants would also get hits from Renteria, two from Lewis, Bowker, Whiteside, Rohlinger, Pill, and Velez.
The Giants are slated to face the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow as Jonathon Sanchez makes his third start of the spring.
This has also been published on my blog "From New York to San Francisco".