SF Giants prevail in Cactus League opener

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Manager Bruce Bochy and new Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija

What a game! Our Giants played their first Spring Training game against the Angels of Anaheim in front of a packed stadium. The game could be seen nationally on the MLB Network, on MLB.TV, and could be heard locally on KNBR 680.

Any way you caught the game, the bottom line was this: the Giants won. But that’s not the only good news. The big story is this–Baseball is baaack! And it couldn’t have come a minute too soon.

The game started with Jeff “the Shark” Samardzija pitching the first two innings with Buster Posey catching. BTW–Buster got the Giants’ first hit of the spring when he led off the second inning.

Samardzija looks great in orange and black. He gave up a couple of hits, one turned into a run—and a couple of walks, but he was getting his Giants legs. I am looking forward to seeing him back on the mound.

The Giants had several pitchers take the mound for the remainder of the game:

Braulio Lara pitched the third, and got the first two outs with a “strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play. The third out was a ground out from second baseman Joe Panik to first baseman Brandon Belt.

Clayton Blackburn pitched 1 ⅔, allowing one hit while striking out one hitter. Mike Broadway pitched 1 ⅓, striking out two; Javy Lopez pitched an inning, retiring three batters, striking out one; Derek Law pitched an inning, retiring all three batters, striking out two; and George Kontos finished it up, facing three and retiring three.

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Conor Gillaspie scores a Giant HR

The Angels scored first, putting up one run in the second inning, but the Giants Conor Gillaspie returned the favor with a home run in the third. The score remained tied until the sixth inning–when the Giants took the lead.

Trevor Brown led off with a single and moved to second on a pick-off attempt throwing error. Brown scored on Ryan Lollis’s single to left. Grant Green singled and Lollis moved to third. Lollis scored on a wild pitch with Christian Arroyo batting. Arroyo hit a ground rule double scoring Green.

Here’s a fun fact: Grant Green is now a Giant. He was drafted by the A’s, and he played in Stockton (my home town!) his first couple of seasons in the minors. He showed a lot of promise—I remember the Ports donated one of his signed jerseys to a fundraiser and I won it—but his career stalled and after that he was traded to the Angels. He was outrighted at the end of last season and the Giants picked him up. Maybe becoming a Giant will help him get back into the swing. Literally.

Final score: Giants 4, Angels 1

The Giants beat LA—the LA Angels anyway. Sunday we get our shot at the Dodgers. #beatLA

Don’t forget: tomorrow we face the Brewers at 12:05. The broadcast will be available in audio through MLB.com.

#letsgogiants  #letsgeteven

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