The Giants played their final ST game in Arizona Tuesday–facing the WS Champ Chicago Cubs.
The guys gave the Cubbies a lesson in baseball–Giants style. But first they kicked it off with a little unorthodox move–Denard Span hit a solo home run to lead off the first inning. It’s not the way the Giants usually do business. But I like it. Later in the inning, Brandon Crawford hit a double and Jarrett Parker drove him in with a base hit.
Matt Cain was masterful in the first two innings, he sent the first seven batters back to “grab some pine” before giving up a base hit to his Cubbie counterpart. He pitched five and a third, allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out five.
Cain helped himself out on offense too. In the sixth, Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, Nick Hundley hit a single and Cain drove them both home with a double to left. A stand-up double. All in all, not bad for the grand old man of our roster. He can pitch and he can hit. I think it’s a decent argument for a rotation spot.
I like Ty Blach a lot too. Maybe they can job-share.
Although the Cubs scored a couple of runs in the third, in the sixth they cobbled a bunch together–Giants style–more than was acceptable. The Cubs took the lead and added on in the seventh.
The Giants came back around in the ninth and got things going. Hunter Cole–one of our 2014 draft picks–hit a double and Gorkys Hernandez hit a single. Chris Marrero hit a home run scoring them all and putting the Giants back in the lead. Justin Ruggiano followed with a solo home run, then Tim Federowicz hit another and suddenly we were playing long ball. Not Giants-style, but we’ll take it. All day, every day.
The final score was: Giants 10, Cubs 7
That’s it! Spring in Arizona is over. The Giants don’t play Wednesday, but Thursday, if you head to AT&T Park, you will find:
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. SPREAD THE WORD AROUND.
And this Gamer Babe is so excited she can hardly stand it.
If you look to your left, you will see the upcoming info for the next three games. Here’s what I know–after writing on this platform for ?–I think I’m starting to get the hang of this blogging thing. I’m trying!
28 March 2017