The Giants visited the Brewers this afternoon for a nice, respectable, low-scoring ballgame. The most excitement for me was when they announced Garin Cecchini in the Milwaukee line up. I got pretty excited when I realized I wouldn’t have to look up how to spell his last name. (JK–we won! What’s more exciting than that?!)
Chris Stratton was the Giants starting pitcher for today’s 12:05 pm game. The Giants first round pick in the 2012 draft, Stratton was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and today it showed–on the mound. He was–nod to Van Morrison–”as sweet as Tupelo Honey.” He pitched three innings without a hit or a run and gave up just one walk. He struck out two.
Chase Johnson, one of the Giants 2013 draft picks (he’s the one that went to Cal Poly, SLO) followed Stratton out on the mound to pitch the fourth and fifth. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out two. Four pitchers each pitched one scoreless inning. They were Joan Gregorio from the Dominican Republic in the sixth and Tyler Beede, the Giants 2014 first round draft pick–a prospect to watch–in the seventh. They were followed by veterans Hunter Strickland (eighth inning) and Mike Broadway (ninth inning).
The Giants scored their first run in the first inning when Joe Panik hit a double and scored on Grant Green’s fielder’s choice to second. The Giants scored again in the fifth when Angel Pagan hit a single, followed by Joe Panik’s double, bringing Pagan home. The Brewers put a run on the board in the bottom of the inning.
The Giants scored their third run in the ninth when Gorkys Hernandez got on board with a base hit, then scored on Mac Williamson’s double. And that was it. No fanfare, no fireworks, no bat flips, no brawls. No staring down an opponent for the intimidation factor. Just good, clean baseball fun.
I don’t think that’s boring at all. You don’t have to be obnoxious to make baseball exciting.
Final score: Giants 3, Brewers 1
Tomorrow the Giants will host Seattle and Jeff Samardzija will start. Game time is 12:05 pm. You can listen to the game on MLB.com.
Be sure to tune in Saturday as the Giants play split squads. One will host Arizona at the Giants Spring Training camp in Scottsdale. The game is scheduled to be broadcast at 12:05 pm on CSN-BA, MLB.TV and on the radio at KNBR 680. The other squad will play the Angels at the Halos’ Spring Training facility. The game is scheduled to broadcast at 12:10 pm on the radio at MLB.com.
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