I love watching Giants baseball. Where is else can you hear Dave Flemming announce “we dig you Brandon” to Brandon Belt during an on-field interview? Of all the player compliments I’ve ever heard, that one will go down as one of my all-time favorites.
Off-topic: I hate daylight savings time. Spring ahead especially stinks. If we have to “spring ahead” why not do it on a Friday afternoon? Can you imagine how many people would be happy to jump their clocks ahead an hour at 4:00 pm?
Back to topic: baseball!
The Giants had Chris Heston on the mound for this afternoons game against the Padres. Madison Bumgarner was scheduled to start, but he had a problem with his foot (nerve issues) and his ribs (soreness). According to the announcers Bumgarner said if it had been a regular season game, he would start. He said it just didn’t make sense to risk aggravation or injury for a spring training game.
Heston was on fire. He pitched four innings, allowed one hit and struck out four. Fantastic.
The Giants bats stayed quiet until the third inning–Mac Williamson smacked a knee-high pitch for an opposite field home run. John Miller called it an “impressive home run.”
The Giants put five more runs on the board in the fourth inning and they did it “Giants-style,” i.e., small ball. Buster Posey started it off with a base hit, then took second on a wild pitch. Brandon Belt drew a walk and Kelby Tomlinson followed with another walk. Williamson was up again, and with the bases loaded, knocked out a single that brought both Buster and Belt home.
Hernandez was up next–he hit a double scoring Tomlinson and moving Williamson to third. Denard Span lined a double to right, scoring both Williamson and Hernandez. In the fifth, Hunter Pence hit a single and Ryan Lollis stepped in to pinch run. Lollis scored on Brandon Belt’s double to centerfield.
The Padres scored a run in the sixth with Braulio Lara pitching for the Giants. Lara got the first two hitters out, and walked the third. Then the Padres started hitting. After Lara gave up two singles, allowing the one run to score, Manager Bruce Bochy handed the ball to prospect Samuel Coonrod–a Giants 2014 draft pick who, according to the announcers is a prospect to watch. He walked the first batter he faced and then struck out the next guy for the third out of the inning.
Junior Arias scored another run for the Giants in the eighth when he hit a two-out single, advanced to third on Christian Arroyo’s base hit and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s single.
Final score: Giants 8, Padres 1
Tune in-tomorrow when the Giants take on our cross-bay rivals, the Oakland A’s at 7:05 pm with Johnny Cueto pitching for the Giants, while Sonny Gray takes the mound for the A’s. The game will be shown on MLB.TV, MLB Network, and CSN-CA: Oakland’s CSN station-their broadcasters are Glen Kuiper (our Kuip’s little brother) and Ray Fosse (for those of you old enough to remember, he was the backstop famous for being mowed down by Pete Rose). On the radio you can tune-in to: KNBR 680 or 95.7 The Game.
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