It’s pretty unusual to sweep a series in Spring Training. The reason for that–it goes without saying, but I will anyway–is the Giants play only one series during ST, and it’s this one. The Giants won all three games in this year’s ST series. It was a good way to shake the cobwebs from our brooms.
It was fairly sedate game. Tyler Beede showed off his chops as a starter and considering he’s a 2014 draft pick and hasn’t pitched in the majors, he’s showed a lot of promise in ST and his time in the minors. Beede pitched four complete innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He didn’t walk anybody, but he struck out five.
Bruce Bochy‘s Opening Day roster was announced and here’s what he decided: Nick Hundley catching, Chris Marrero at 1st base, Aaron Hill at 2nd, Conor Gillaspie at 3rd and Gorkys Hernandez in centerfield. Hunter Pence will play right and Jarrett Parker will be at left. Eduardo Nunez is taking over at short.
That was Bochy’s roster for today’s game. Brandon Belt was included as the DH because we were playing in an AL park. He hit a nice double in the first, but was left standing when the inning ended.
The Giants got their bats going in the fourth–Gillaspie led off with a single, Marrero was hit by a pitch, Hill got a base hit and Hundley slammed everyone home. In the seventh inning, the Giants added another two runs when Christian Arroyo drew a walk and came home on Justin Ruggiano‘s two-run dinger.
The A’s scored two runs in the third and another run in the sixth. Our Dominican pitching prospect, Reyes Moronta gave me a little agita when the A’s started making some rally noises in the ninth. The tying run was at the plate with two outs and a full count. Saying I was nervous is a serious understatement. But a grounder to short was all it took to end the game.
The final score was: Giants 6, A’s 3
Although I was joking about the starting lineup, the bench guys showed up and showed out. Long balls. If they keep it up, we’ll have a couple of sluggers on the bench. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings.
The season hasn’t started and these games don’t even count. Why am I hanging on every pitch like it’s going to decide our post season?
I gotta pace myself. Tomorrow is #1 of 162.
1 April 2017