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In his first Spring Training appearance since some elbow inflammation kept him sidelined for a few weeks, Matt Cain had a strong outing for the San Francisco Giants today. The rest of the pitching staff, not so much.
In a game that saw a lot of offense for both teams it was The Milwaukee Brewers who came out on top, handing the G-Men only their 5th loss of the preseason so far by a score of 12-8. Cain went 3 full innings allowing 3 hits, no runs or walks and one strikeout, showing that he was still locating the ball well and with good velocity, But it was the other guys who gave up all the runs, specifically Jeff Suppan and Matt Yourkin. In two innings of combined work they gave up 8 hits for 9 runs, which included 2 walks by Suppan and a homer by Yourkin. Neither struck out a batter. Even the bearded savior himself Brain Wilson gave up an earned run.
The Giants offense was potent today but just not potent enough. Freddy Sanchez Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey all had RBI doubles in the 3rd, Huff followed that up with a bomb in the 5th, and Pablo Sandoval hit a homer in the 6th. Nate Schierholtz and Terry Evans also singled in a run. The Brewers Jeremy Reed and Brandon Boggs also each hit home runs in the game.
The Giants head to the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick again tomorrow to take on their NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks for their third night game so far of the preseason. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PT (7:40 MT) and will only be broadcast on MLB.com (for paid subscribers only). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for your complete Giants coverage as well as preview and wrapups for all of their Cactus League games.
The San Francisco Giants have been breezing through their Cactus League schedule so far, but that doesn’t come without some tightly matched games. Despite their 14-4 record, the Giants have had to have late rallies in their past few Spring Training games and are somewhat reminiscent of their 2010 ‘torture’ campaign. With that in mind, the Giants are looking for an easier win as they will host the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium today. Matt Cain will finally be getting back on the mound for the first time in a couple of weeks due to some shoulder inflammation while former Padre and Dodger Randy Wolf will get the start for the Brew Crew today. I almost hoped Cain would miss this start too and they’d move Barry Zito up a spot to face plunk Prince Fielder again, and maybe this time incite a benches clearing brawl in March. Wishful thinking.
And now, your San Francisco Giants:
First pitch will be at 1:05 PT (2:05 MT) and can only be seen/heard on mlb.com (for paid subscribers). So stay here with SB Nation Bay Area for a full wrapup after the game.
For the second time in a week the San Francisco Giants faced the Texas Rangers in a World Series rematch, and for the second time the Giants came out victorious. The Giants beat the Rangers 11-8 at the Surprise Sports Complex in Surprise, Arizona after a flurry of late inning runs, yet the Giants came out on top.
The Giants got off to a great start as Pablo Sandoval launched and RBI triple in the first inning, followed by an RBI single by Cody Ross. Brandon Belt hit and RBI double in the forth, followed by a Chris Stewart RBI single. Then the Giants loaded the bases with three straight singles for Mike Fontenot who hit a high fly ball that Julio Borbon lost in the sun clearing the bases. Nate Schierholtz hit his first homer of the Cactus League, a 2 run shout in the 6th inning.
Ryan Vogelsong had another nice outing for the G-Men going 4 full innings allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, a walk, and 2 strikeouts. The two runs bumped his ERA from around the 0.85 mark to 2.13, but he is making a strong case to make the roster this Spring Training.
The Giants had a couple of guys in different spots than they are usually accustomed too, mainly Aaron Rowand and Mark DeRosa. Aaron Rowand hasn’t started a game in left field since the 2002 regular season, but got the start there today as skipper Bruce Bochy continues to tinker with his outfield to get the most production out of it on both sides of the ball. DeRosa got the start at shortstop today, honing in his skills at every position possible in hopes to be the super utility man for the Giants this season.
PANDA WATCH: Pablo went 2-3 today with an RBI triple, as well as a stolen base in the fourth inning. He is showing off his increase of speedy nicely so far this preseason.
The Giants preseason continues as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow at Scottsdale Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PT (2:05 MT) and will be Matt Cain’s first start since he was shut down due to an inflamed right elbow.
For the second time this week the San Francisco Giants will have a World Series rematch with the Texas Rangers in Cactus League action, with the Rangers looking to even the score thus far in the preseason. The G-Men will travel to Surprise, Arizona to the Rangers' camp for their match up this afternoon.
The Giants beat the Rangers 4-1 on Monday afternoon despite Texas bringing the majority of their starters to that game. The Giants are currently atop all major league teams in the Cactus or Grapefruit league with a record of 13-4, and are looking to extended that lead today.
Here’s your San Francisco Giants:
Vogelsong has had a nice start so far and is one of the guys along with Jeff Suppan, Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler and others who are trying to make the 12th and final roster spot on the pitching staff. It’s interesting to see Rowand playing left field, although he is definitely in the mix to get some playing time there during the regular season. Here’s what San Francisco Chronicle writer John Shea tweeted about Rowand playing a different position:
Rowand on playing LF: “As far as I know, it’s all about getting at-bats any way you can.”
And/or Bochy is getting you some time out there to fill in when necessary during the regular season.
First pitch is at 1:05 PT (2:05 MT) and can be heard on KNBR 680 or viewed at 9:00 p.m. on MLB Network as the game will be aired on a tape delay. Also if you get a chance to watch, MLB Network has their “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series highlighting the 2011 Giants on at 10:00 a.m. and again at noon.
It was a back and forth matchup today between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers as they traded blows inning by inning; But it was the Giants who eventually came out on top by a score of 8-7 behind a 2 run rally in the 9th lead by youngsters Gary Brown, Francisco Peguero, and Thomas Neal.
Dan Runzler got the start for the G-Men today and lasted 3 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs (1 unearned), 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. He was followed by Guillermo Mota and his 2 innings of work that allowed 1 run and 3 strikeouts, then it was the bearded savior himself, Brian Wilson, for his second outing of Spring Training. He had a perfect innings with a strikeout. Lefty sidewinder Javier Lopez had a rough seventh inning allowing 4 runs to give the Dodgers back the lead.
Freddy Sanchez smoked a triple off the center field wall scoring Andres Torres in the first, followed by a sacrifice fly by Aubrey Huff to score Sanchez. Cody Ross blasted a 2 run bomb in the fourth, his second of Spring Training, while Pat Burrell hit a 2 run homer in the sixth, also his second of the preseason. The Giants were done 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, but singles by Thomas Neal and Francisco Peguero, a wild pitch from Roman Colon, and finally a single by Gary Brown gave the Giants the come from behind victory against the hated Dodgers.
Jonathan Sanchez was kept out of today’s game against the Dodgers to get some work in with the minor leaguers and keep L.A. from sizing him up before the season. Here’s what Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly tweeted about Sanchez’s outing:
Jonathan Sanchez from minor league camp: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks. One errant throw to first base. Fastball was up in first two IP
Sanchez would have preferred to face the rival Dodgers, but it probably was for the best that he didn’t. It was the biggest crowd ever at Scottsdale Stadium today with the recorded attendance at 12,081.
The Giants will have their second World Series rematch with the Texas Rangers in the Cactus League tomorrow at Surprise Stadum in Surprise, Arizona. First pitch is slated for a 1:05 PT (2:05 MT) start with Ryan Vogelsong getting the start for the G-Men and Tommy Hunter getting the start for the Rangers. The game will be televised on a tape delay on MLB Network, but can also be heard on KNBR 680.
Remember folks, its Daylight Savings Time tomorrow, don’t forget to change you clocks and schedule accordingly to keep up with the Giants!
The San Francisco Giants are ready to take on the hated Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon for their second straight televised matchup of their Cactus League schedule so far. at 12-4 in the preseason the Giants have been cruising through their schedule, while keeping their players rested and their pitchers ready by some Bochy and his masterful roster rotations. They will take on a split squad Dodger team sans Juan Uribe at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and can be seen on CSN Bay Area.
The G-Men will have Dan Runzler starting instead of Jonathan Sanchez because the team wants to keep Sanchez a secret from the Dodgers (nice move, I like the mind games already).
Even though Spring Training games don’t matter, the San Francisco Giants will take every win over the San Diego Padres they can get. And under the lights at the Peoria Sports Comples the G-men came out victorious by a score of 6-4.
Tim Lincecum had a pretty good outing, going 4 full innings allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Timmy gave up his first home run of the preseason as the O-Dog Orlando Hudson in the third inning. As for the Giants favorite persona non grata Mat Latos, he went 4 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, no walks, 2 stirkeouts, and the loss for the game. I guess Mat still hates SF.
Mike Fontenot hit his first homer in the Cactus League this year, smashing a 2 run bomb in the 5th. Aaron Rowand had a nice day going 2-2 from the plate, Brandon Belt went 2-4 with an RBI double, and Emmanuel Burriss went 1-3 with 2 RBI.
PANDA WATCH: Pablo had a bit of a rough game, going 1-4 from the plate with two strikeouts. He also had two errors at third base. No worries big fella, I’m still keeping the faith.
With the win it moves the Giants to 12-4, two games clear of the rest of the MLB this Spring Training. They’ll be back at Scottsdale Stadium tomorrow to take another NL West adversary in the Los Angeles Dodgers (split squad). First pitch is slated for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and can be seen on CSN Bay Area.
For the first time in their 2011 Cactus League schedule the San Francisco Giants will take on their NL West rival San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. It will be another battle of the aces as Tim Lincecum will face the astonishingly arrogant Mat Latos.
The Giants currently hold the best record in all of Spring Training at 11-4, and are looking to continue their success against a Padre team that gave the G-Men nothing but fits last season. Manager Bud Black decided to bring his ‘A’ team to the park today, using most of his regular season starters in the lineup, while is hoping that Latos will get his first decent showing of the preseason; he’s 0-0 with 6 walks and no strikeouts so far with an ERA of over 13.00.
And now, your San Francisco Giants:
First Pitch is at 6:15 PT (7:15 MT) and can be seen on NBC Bay Area.
-The Giants renewed the contract of Madison Bumgarner today.
Madison Bumgarner pitched an excellent four innings, the offense hit three homers in one inning, and the San Francisco Giants cruise to another Cactus League victory against the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 in Goodyear Stadium in Goodyear, Arizona.
Andres Torres, Freddy Sanchez, and Cody Ross all hit homers in the third inning, giving the Giants a comfortable cushion early on in the game. Pat Burrell Emmanuel Burriss added an RBI single in the 7th, while Ryan Rohlinger had and RBI double in the 8th. PAt Burrell also had a nice day going 2-2 with a walk.
Madison Bumgarner was lights out for his four innings of work, facing the minimum amount of batters (12) with only one hit, no walks, and six strikeouts. Bummy was follwed by Santiago Casilla, Javy Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, Serdio Romo, and Steve Edelfsen, who all successfully preserved the 5 hit shutout. It was the first shutout of the Giants Cactus League schedule thus far.
It was the first time Giants fan got to see World Series MVP Edgar Renteria in a Reds uniform, who was greeted with a standing ovation form Giants fans when he came to the plate. Very nice gesture, Giants fans are simply the best.
Another big pitcher’s duel is scheduled for tomorrow as the Giants take on the rival San DIego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. It will be Tim Lincecum facing the Padres’ Mat Latos, with the first pitch slated for 6:05 PT (7:05 MT) and will be televised (hooray!) on NBC Bay Area.
The game started with a duel between two former Cy Young winners in Barry Zito and Jake Peavy, and although the both had nice outings, Zito took the cake with his performance. Over five full innings Zito allowed only one hit, no runs, one walk and one strikeout. By far his best showing of the preseason so far, hopefully Barry can get his confidence up and get closer to his dominant form he had as a Oakland A. Peavy lasted 3 2/3 innings with one hit, one run, one walk and one strikeout.
As for the Giants offense, they managed to get only 5 hits, but were all timely ones. Their runs all came in the bottom of the sixth besides Huff’s home run; Andres Torres doubled in Gary Brown, Aubrey Huff had another RBI with a single, and Buster Posey singled in a run as well.
Brian Wilson made his second appearance of Spring Training going one full inning allowing two hits, no runs while striking out two. Jeff Suppan’s nice start to the preseason hit a bit of a speed bump today, who after two perfect innings gave up back-to-back homers to Adam Dunn and Stefan Gartrell in the bottom of the ninth, but still managed to get out of the inning for a Giants win. The Giants defense today was superb with zero errors for the day.
PANDA WATCH: Even though Pablo was hitless for the day, he still made an impact with his glove. Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly tweeted this about him during the game:
I really hope that he can be that totally different guy during the regular season as well.
The Giants will head to Goodyear, Arizona tomorrow to face the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) with Madison Bumgarner getting the start for the G-Men and Bronson Arroyo getting the start for the Reds. This game will no be broadcast locally so stay with SB Nation for everything Giants including preview and post game wrap up of tomorrow’s action.
Well, the dog days of Spring Training have officially arrived, that time of the preseason before the games start getting more competitive and the players have to maintain their focus through games that are utterly meaningless. But today we have a Clash of former Cy Young winners as Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants square off with Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox at Scottsdale Stadium this afternoon.
I’m sure most Giants fans would remember just how filthy Peavy was when he was a San Diego Padre, and he still has plenty left in the tank. Zito’s Spring Training has been filled with rumors and critique, but the curveballin’ former Cy Young’er is always a consummate professional, even when he’s riding the pine in the postseason. This will hopefully prove to be a nice pitchers duel between these two today, well, for 3 or 4 innings at least.
Here’s today’s lineup for YOUR San Francisco Giants:
Game is slated for a 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) start, and will not be broadcast on radio or TV locally. Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for everything Giants including today’s postgame wrap up.
No team is devoid of injuries during Spring Training, and the San Francisco Giants are no different. None of them have been to serious, but the players need as much time as possible to hone their skills and get their body used to the grind of the long regular season. Here's a quick update on some of the player's playing statuses:
Matt Cain: Matty was having some inflammation in his pitching elbow, leading to some time off from throwing and eventually missing two of his starts. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com's Chris Haft that Cain will throw a simulated game today, with some of his teammates in the batters box instead of minor leaguers. The Giants braintrust believes that Cain will have enough time to be ready for the season despite the time lost. Good news for everybody.
Eli Whiteside: The backup catcher extraordinaire was having some similar elbow inflammation to Cain's towards the beginning of Spring Training, and has been effectively shut down ever since. But according the Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly, Eli has possibly been green-lighted to get the start behind the dish today, citing his improvement in his elbow is enough to throw to bases again. Eli needs his reps too, but I'm sure minor leaguer Chris Stewart hasn't been complaining about all the extra playing time with the excellent Giants pitching staff.
Andres Torres: Andres has been suffering from a strained left oblique, causing him to miss some time at the plate. Andres took some right handed swings yesterday during batting practice, although he is not fully healed and is still receiving treatment from the Giants' training staff. Torres is hopeful that he can be ready to go by Friday's Cactus League game.
Ryan Vogelsong had himself a decent day on the mound, going 3 2/3 innings allowing two hits, one earned run, three walks, and five strikeouts. Vogelsong did well to allowing only the one run against the Mariners (his first of the preseason), but would have liked to see a few less walks in his outing. Dan Runzler went 2 1/3 innings with only one walk and one strikeout, while Guillermo Mota went 2 full innings allowing one hit and one stikreout.
The Giants had their opportunities to do some damage with their lumber, stranding Aubrey Huff (1-3 single) in the first, Darren Ford was caught stealing in the fourth, and left the bases loaded in the 7th. Besides Huff’s single the only other hits for the Giants were a double by Nate Schierholtz and a pair of singles from Mike Fontenot and Darren Ford.
The Mariners used seven pitchers against San Francisco today and used them well, led by starter Jason Vargas who went three full innings allowing two hits, one walk, and one strikeout. The sole run of the game came off of a Ryan Langerhans triple in the forth that scored Justin Smoak.
The Giants will face the Chicago White Sox for the first time this Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium tomorrow. It will be a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners as Barry Zito will get the start for the Giants while former Padres great Jake Peavy will start for the White Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and will not be broadcast anywhere except mlb.com (paid subscribers only). Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for everything Giants, including previews and post game wrap ups of tomorrow’s game.
As the Cactus League schedule keeps on keeping on, so do the San Francisco Giants as they are set to take on the Seattle Mariners for the second time in three days at the Peoria Sports Complex. The Giants are 9-3 thus far in Spring Training and are looking to continue their hot streak after a 4-1 win last night over their World Series opponents the Texas Rangers. First pitch today is scheduled for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and can be heard on KNBR 650.
Veteran Ryan Vogelsong will get another start in place of the injured Matt Cain whose inflammed right elbow has cost him two starts, but is not a major issue as Cain has been playing catch and doing some flat ground pitching with the possibility of throwing to hitters today.
Here’s today’s lineup for you San Francisco Giants:
Hope you get a chance to catch some of the action today, but if you can’t, stay with SB Nation Bay Area for a full postgame wrap up.
With 11 games already in the books of their 2011 Cactus League schedule the San Francisco Giants have had success at the plate, on the mound, and in the field. And as Spring Training goes along, the G-Men are looking to gear up for back-to-back World Series titles for the first time since the New York Yankees in 1999 & 2000. To do so, the Giants will have to get the most out of their Spring Training in all aspects of the game.
With a record of 8-3 so far the Giants have obviously been playing winning baseball. They have scored more than five runs in 7 of their 11 games thus far and have given up more than five in only four. The offense has been led by guys like reigning Rookie o the Year Buster Posey, batting .643 (9-14) with three double, two home runs, and seven RBIs, Mark Derosa batting .500 (8-16) with a homer and 6 RBIs, and Pablo Sandoval batting .333 (8-24) with two doubles, two homers, and 7 RBI. Minor league phenom Brandon Belt is also hitting very well, batting .318 (7-22) with two doubles, a homer, and 6 RBIs. Really good to see Pablo and DeRosa swinging the lumber, they are guys the Giants are going to need to produce runs for their talented pitching staff.
Speaking of the pitching staff, the Giants' staff has been doing very well also. The stats for pitchers aren't really too important in spring training; coaches usually are looking to get their pitchers' arms ready for the season and throw as many strikes as possible. Two time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum has recorded one win in his three starts thus far and has given up eight hits, three earned runs, three walks, and 10 strikeouts in 8 and 1/3 innigns of work. The three walks and 10 K's are a good sign for Timmy, it shows that he has his command early in the preseason, which will hopefully roll over to the regular season. But the true story of the pitching staff in spring training is two guys trying to make the squad in veterans Ryan Vogelsong and Jeff Suppan. Both are sporting 0.00 ERAs and have showed a lot of promise,and both have won the games they have started. Suppan hasn't walked a batter yet in his 6 innings of work, a very good sign for him to make the regular season roster.
As for in the field their are some interesting moves that skipper Bruce Bochy is going to have to decide on before the regular season. Mark DeRosa is probably the hardest player to place as he can play third base, shortstop, second base, or left field on any given night. His breadth with his glove will likely have him as the utility guy for San Francisco. Pat Burrell, Cody Ross and Andres Torres are widely recognized to be the outfielders for the Giants, but with Aaron Rowand, Mark DeRosa, Travis Ishikawa, and Nate Schierholtz there's always competition. And if Brandon Belt can make the squad, he will have to fit in somewhere, likely splitting time with Aubrey Huff at first or in the outfield.
We all know that Spring Training is the time to shake out the cobwebs and prepare your body for the grind of the season. However, the Giants had the best record in the Cactus League last year, and look where that got us. Hopefully another strong preseason will equal another awesome regular season.
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