It was another picture perfect night in Scottsdale this evening as the San Francisco Giants continued their terrific play in the Cactus League, beating the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 4-0. Like most of the season last year, it was the Giants dominant pitching that got the job done tonight, lead by the lefty Jonathan Sanchez, making quick work of the Halos with a 2 hour and 10 minute game.
Sanchez had 6 shutout innings this evening while allowing only a single hit, one walk and five strikeouts. Sanchez really brought his ‘A’ game tonight as was basically in midseason form; and if it wasn’t Spring Training, he probably could have gone the rest of the game. But he didn’t as Brian Wilson made a relief appearance, donning a green pair of cleats and a green Giants cap (along with the rest of the team) in recognition of his Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day. Veteran Marc Kroon got the save with a perfect 1-2-3 9th inning, No Angels reached as far as third base tonight as the Giants pitching held them to two hits total.
The runs in the game came in the 4th inning as Pablo Sandoval hit a double scoring Andres Torres, Miguel Tejada then singled in Pablo, then Pat Burrell doubled scoring Tejada. Very nice hitting sequence from the G-Men against the Angels Dan Haren tonight, hope to see that a lot from these guys this year. Pablo Sandoval then added another RBI with a single in the 8th.
PANDA WATCH: Pablo had a nice game going 3-4 with the previously mentioned RBI double in the 4th and a RBI single in the 8th. He also had a strikeout, but we’ll forgive him for that.
The Giants will host that other team from L.A. tomorrow, the Dodgers for a 1:05 matchup at Scottsdale Stadium, with veteran Jeff Suppan getting the start for the Giants and youngster Ruby de La Rosa starting for the Dodgers. Once again the only coverage will be on MLB.com (for paid subscribers), but once again, we’ll have complete coverage before and after the game, and everything Giants at SB Nation Bay Area.