SF Giants: split squads, split results

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Junior Arias scoring one of two runs against the Indians Saturday

Saturday our boys split up–half stayed at home in Scottsdale, hosting the Texas Rangers and the other half played the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. Since both games started at the same time, I had to pick one to follow.

I picked the Giants at Indians game for the simple reason that it was televised on MLB.TV, and I’m nothing if not a little too easily distracted to sit and listen to a game on the radio. I’ll do it, especially if I don’t have a choice, but for me it’s all about the visual.

One thing I will say, no offense Cleveland–you might rock, but your baseball announcers don’t. Rock, that is. At all. It makes me appreciate how lucky we really are. We have not only the best–scratch that–greatest team in the MLB, our announcers make these yahoos look like…well…yahoos.

Chris Stratton, the Giants first round draft pick in 2012, pitched two scoreless innings, faced ten hitters, allowed four hits and struck out one. Adalberto Mejia pitched the next two, faced eight hitters and gave up one hit and one walk while striking out one. Vin Mazzaro pitched the fifth inning and allowed two runs to score on three hits. He struck out one batter. The Indians didn’t score any other runs.

Four Giants pitchers put up one scoreless inning each: Chase Johnson, a 2013 Giants draft pick out of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (I bet Kruk loves him!) pitched in the sixth; Cory Gearrin, who was credited with today’s win pitched the seventh; and Ray Black–a 2011 Giants draft pick–pitched the eighth. Derek Law pitched the ninth with one hit, two walks and a strike out.

The Giants scored first–putting up two runs in the third when Ehire Adrianza doubled, advanced to third on Junior Arias’s ground ball to left and scored on Rando Moreno’s sac fly. Arias moved to third base on Gregor Blanco’s single to right and scored when Matt Duffy followed that up with a sac fly.

The Giants scored another run in the eighth. Junior Arias led off with a single, advanced to third on Moreno’s single and scored when Tyler Horan–a 2013 Giants draft pick, hit into a double play. No RBI for Tyler–it doesn’t count when you hit into a double play, but he made a great defensive catch in left field–he keeps it up, there will be plenty of RBI’s in his future.

Ty Ross led off the ninth with a single, Brandon Bednar followed, drawing a walk. They both advanced on a wild pitch. Ty Ross tried for home but was tagged out by the pitcher who covered the base while the catcher went after the ball. The Indians caught a break because the kid was clearly safe. Call the cops–we was robbed.

Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Lollis drew back-to-back walks. Hak-Ju Lee hit a single to right scoring Bednar and Garcia and advancing Lollis to third. Arias ground into a force out scoring Lollis.

Final score: Giants 6, Cleveland 2

I checked out the results for our game against Texas and found out that Texas beat the Giants by two runs. Mac Williamson, one of the Giants draft picks in 2012, did everything he could to keep that from happening, starting with a solo home run that put us on the board in the second and capping it off with a two-run homer in the ninth. Another home-grown, super-talented prospect! The future looks very bright indeed.

Final score: Giants 5, Texas 7

Be sure to tune in today when the Giants take on the LA Dodgers at 12:05 pm. Jeff Samardzija will pitch. You can watch the game on MLB.TV or listen to it on the radio at  KNBR 680. #beatLA


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