The good news for the SF Giants is our pitching is shaping up to be pretty good so far. Clayton Blackburn threw a couple of scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out three. Kyle Crick gave up two hits and struck out two. Kraig Sitton–a 2010 Rockies draft pick who signed a minor league contract with the Giants in the off season–gave up a two-run homer on a walk and a hit. David Hernandez, Steven Okert and Neil Ramirez finished it off with scoreless innings.
The bad news is the Giants bats. For the second day in a row, they came up with only three hits in each game. It could start to concern, but it’s still early and let’s face it, it’s still spring. Those bats will get heated up soon.
The final score was: Giants 0, Royals 2
The very bad news is our new first base coach, Jose Alguacil, took a checked swing foul tip to the face that laid him out, bleeding. He was able to walk with help to the medical cart, then was airlifted to a hospital in Phoenix. Manager Bruce Bochy–who was sitting next to Alguacil when the ball came flying–didn’t think Alguacil lost consciousness at any time, but he was on his way to the hospital to check on our new coach. Alguacil was the manager of the Giants AAA affiliate, the Sacramento Rivercats, last season. I’ll keep you posted.
The Giants will return the favor Sunday and host Kansas City in Scottsdale. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:05 pm with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Looks like another radio only broadcast through MLB.com or KNBR. If anyone hears different, I would love to know.
I’m still having technical difficulties. I had to play the game through my MLB.TV app on my TV on audio broadcast. My At Bat app only worked intermittently. I’m scratching my head so much, if it keeps up I’m liable to go bald.
4 March 2017