SF Giants: still practice

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Jarrett Parker, a Giants outfield prospect

I like this up and down stuff. We go through it every year, including the years when we’ve gone all the way. I’m not worried. It’s just practice anyway, right Vick? And we’re not going to Carnegie Hall. Just the Bronx…sometime this summer.

Today’s game against the Mariners started out looking pretty good for the Giants. We did a little damage in the second inning: two runs scored—Hunter Pence singled, Angel Pagan drew a walk and Kelby Tomlinson hit into a force out, sidelining Pence. Trevor Brown’s single brought both Pagan and Tomlinson home.

The Giants did a little more damage in the third: Buster Posey led-off with a base hit, Pence hit into a force out sidelining Posey (you know the old saying, one good turn deserves another? I don’t think this is what they meant). Pence reached third when Crawford doubled and both Crawford and Pence scored on Pagan’s double. Pagan tried to stretch it to a triple but was thrown out at third.

That’s ok, because Tomlinson followed with a single, Conor Gillaspie drew a walk and Brown followed with a base hit bringing Tomlinson home. The Giants did a little bit more in the seventh when Crawford singled and Ehire Adrianza, who was pinch-running for Crawford, scored when Pagan—real deal, no stretching it this time—tripled.

Unfortunately, the Mariners roared back in the bottom of the third and beat up the Giants with a bunch of hits. Jeff Samardzija was on the mound and the first two innings were a couple of lights-out, grab-some-pine-meat, three-up, three-down innings. A great play by Pence saved even the faintest notion of a bloop single. The Giants weren’t having it.

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Sergio Romo, ready for the new season 2016

Then we got to the bottom of the third. Something snapped. Samardzija walked the lead-off hitter, gave up a hit, Tomlinson committed an error, the Mariners 9-hole guy hit a home run—it was Murphy’s law on the field. What could go wrong did, and with a vengeance. This was Samardzija’s line at the end of his outing: four innings pitched, 20 batters faced, seven runs—all earned, three home runs—eight hits, one walk and three strike outs. Six of the hits and two of the home runs all happened in the third inning. We’ll take a mulligan on the third, have a double scoop of the first and call it a day. Sergio Romo pitched the sixth inning and was lights out.

I suppose I would be worried if I hadn’t heard Shawn Estes’s discussion during the game the other day. I told you about it—maybe you heard it too. What he said was, basically, the pitchers use this time to work on things: i.e., movement, velocity, release—all that technical pitcher stuff. They don’t use Spring Training to figure out what pitches to use to get a particular hitter out—they’re not even looking at scouting reports right now.

Still it’s nice when they win. Today’s game wasn’t so nice.  The final score was:

Giants 6, Mariners 9

We’re back at it for more tomorrow. Don’t forget: tomorrow we play against San Diego at their facility, 7:10 pm and it will be televised on MLB.TV and the MLB Network, or on the radio at KNBR 680.

#weareSF            #weareGIANT            #letsgeteven

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