I know it’s just spring and I know it doesn’t count, but it does feel good to see the boys win. Some of them are non-roster invitees, some are on the 40 man roster—but probably won’t break camp with the final 25, so this is our chance to see our prospects in action.
Today’s starting pitcher, though, was a veteran, a fan-favorite and my husband’s all-time favorite: Madison Bumgarner. Like the two previous games’ starters, Bumgarner pitched just the first two innings. All things considered he looked good out there. He gave up one hit in the first inning—it just happened to be a home run. The second inning he went out and retired the side by striking out all three. Made me think of the song This Is How We Do It (Montell Jordan, 1995). Sing it with me.
Chris Heston, a Giants 2009 draft pick who made the rotation and pitched a no-hitter with the big club last year, pitched the next two innings, scoreless, allowing just one hit. Kyle Crick—the Giants 2011 first round draft pick also pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit. Jake Smith, another Giants 2011 draft pick, faced three hitters, striking out one. They were followed by two 2012 Giants draft picks—Ian Gardeck who faced three hitters and struck out two; and Steven Okert, who allowed two runs on three hits, striking out one hitter.
The game’s closer was Mike Broadway, a Giants 2014 acquisition who spent some time with the big team last season and part of the season at AAA Sacramento. Broadway faced three hitters and allowed one hit. The defense pulled off a nice 4-6-3 double play: Ramiro Pena (second baseman) to Christian Arroyo (shortstop) to Ehire Adrianza (first base), to keep the inning scoreless.
The Giants put a run on the board in the third inning when Conor Gillaspie doubled and scored on Gorkys Hernandez’s RBI ground out. In the sixth, Hernandez led off with a walk and Kelby Tomlinson followed with a single. Hernandez and Tomlinson advanced a base on Joe Panik’s ground out to first and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s two-RBI single. Adrianza scored on Jarrett Parker’s single. Gillaspie is a Giants 2008 first round draft pick who was traded to the White Sox and the Angels but has returned to the Giants; Parker is a 2010 Giants draft pick. I love all these home-grown Giants.
Final score: Giants 4, Reds 3
Don’t forget tonight’s episode of Inside the Clubhouse it’s the 2016 Town Hall Meeting—you don’t want to miss it! It starts at 9:00 pm on CSN-BA. If you have a life, set your DVR so you can catch it later. Needless to say, I’ll be home watching.