The GIANTS lost their first two spring training games to their X-Bay rivals, the Oakland A’s. I’m not upset, though. Of course, I’m not thrilled and I’m certainly not jumping up and down for joy–but I can live with it. Put it in perspective: it’s Spring Training, it’s early, and the guys are working out the kinks. Like MadBum said after his 1st outing Tuesday since taking the GIANTS to the finish line–and winning–in October: “it’s about getting ready.” Let’s face it–when the GIANTS are ready, they’re unstoppable. I’m looking forward to seeing what the guys can do when they get some of the kinks worked out. The final scores were:
Tuesday–GIANTS 4, A’s 9 Wednesday–GIANTS 2, A’s 9
Today the GIANTS faced the Cubs and after 5 innings the G-Men were trailing 5-0. The GIANTS were able to put together a rally–scoring 1 run in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, and, after a walk & 5 hits–they scored 5 more runs in the 8th. But the unthinkable happened–the game cost us Hunter Pence. I wish I could–say it ain’t so–but after retiring the 1st GIANTS hitter in the 6th, Aoki, and walking the next two hitters, Hicks and Belt, the Cubs’ pitcher, Corey Black, nailed Hunter in the forearm. Sure the GIANTS got their 1st Cactus League win, but the victory was bittersweet because Hunter suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left ulna and is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. Let’s all wish Hunter a speedy and complete recovery.
Here’s a small piece of good news from today’s game, besides the win: the Skipper’s kid–Brett Bochy–pitched a 1, 2, 3 shut-down inning, distinguishing himself as the only GIANTS pitcher who did NOT give up a hit today. Papa Bochy has got to be proud–I am, and I’ve never even met the kid. The final score was:
GIANTS 8, Cubs 6