Today’s Cactus league game between the Giants and the Brewers started off really lopsided. The Giants had veteran Jake Peavy on the mound for the first inning and two-thirds, and it looked like he needed to get his Giants legs under him more than Samardzija did yesterday. Peavy gave up a total of nine hits and six runs, one a home run, while striking out two. I’m not worried about Peavy—I was surprised today, unpleasantly so—normally Peavy is great during the first run through a lineup. But, hey, it’s still early.
Joan Gregorio pitched the remaining one-third of the second inning and came back for the third inning. He faced a total of five batters and struck out two, issuing one walk. Ty Blach pitched two innings allowing one hit while striking out two. Vin Mazzaro faced five hitters in the sixth, allowing two hits and striking out three. Cory Gearrin pitched the seventh inning, facing four batters. He gave up one hit and struck out one.
Josh Osich pitched the eighth, allowing two earned runs on one hit and three walks. Hunter Strickland finished it off, pitching the ninth, facing three batters with a pop-out and two strike outs.
The Giants got off to a slow start, down 6-0 when they came up in the second. Jarrett Parker led off with a single to left, moved to second on Kyle Blanks walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Ramiro Pena’s grounder to first. Kyle Blanks advanced to second on the wild pitch, moved to third on Pena’s ground ball and scored when Ehire Adrianza reached on a fielding error.
After two, the score was: Giants 2, Brewers 6
The Giants were able to tie it up when they scored in the fourth on Kyle Blanks solo home run, and then again in the fifth when Andrew Susac hit a three-run homer also scoring Parker and Blanks who were issued back-to-back walks on two outs.
After five, the score was: Giants 6, Brewers 6
Even though the Brewers scored the two runs in the eighth, the Giants weren’t through. Just like the Goonies, they never say die. Ryder Jones doubled on a line drive to right and scored on Ty Ross’s single. The Giants kept trying through the bottom of the ninth—Grant Green led off with a single, advanced to third on Rando Moreno’s single, but was left on board when the game ended.
Final Score: Giants 7, Brewers 8
The good news is this game doesn’t count—it’s spring training!! The bad news?? What bad news? It’s spring training!!