SF Giants spring pop

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Giants catcher,  Nick Hundley

The Giants played the Padres Tuesday. Madison Bumgarner started the game and went two innings. He faced eight batters and gave up two hits, but no runs. He struck out three. He stuck around after his two innings to do some work in the bullpen.

The Giants put themselves on the board first when Nick Hundley hit a solo home run in the second.  The Padres managed to tie it up in the fifth and score the go ahead run in the seventh. But the Giants got back on top in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles from Chris Marrero and Conor Gillaspie followed by another Hundley home run.

I’m going to take this opportunity to mention how much I appreciate Nick Hundley. At first I wondered why we needed a veteran back-up catcher when we have Trevor Brown waiting in the wings. But I like what I’m seeing with this kid. He’s good at the plate, both offensively–he’s a consistent hitter–and defensively, he needs some work on catching base-stealers, but his put out totals are pretty good.

The Padres scored again in the eighth, but so did the Giants on Marrero’s solo home run. Speaking of new guys, Marrero has shown off a good power bat so far this spring. He’s giving the front office a lot to think about. So far, he leads the team in home runs. I’m glad I’m not the one making the decisions.

The final score was: Giants 5, Padres 3

Just two weeks left at camp and then the powers-that-be will let us know who makes the Opening Day roster. I was rooting for Michael Morse, but the bad news is he pulled up with a bad hamstring. We have to wait and see what he decides. He was making a pretty good case for himself before Monday’s game.

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just 12 days-and then it’s time for baseball!

Another injury: relief pitcher Will Smith is experiencing elbow issues. He flew back to San Francisco to get another opinion on what happens next. Tommy John surgery was mentioned.

Wednesday, the Giants play the Brewers again, this time at their place. Matt Cain is giving it another go looking for the fifth spot in the  the starting rotation. Game time is 1:05 pm and will be available on audio broadcast through MLB.com or you can watch it via Live Giants webcast, by going to sfgiants.com.

I watched Tuesday’s game via live webcast, and trust me, ESPN HD has nothing to worry about–but I was glad to have video to watch. It’s like this: a picture or video–even a bad one–is better than staring at a black screen.

I’m not that picky.

Toni Cecchetti

21 March 2017

 

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