It’s a good day in Giants Nation. It may just be spring training, but any day that ends with a win over the Dodgers is good day.
Ryan Rohlinger singled home Brooks Kieschnick to carry the Giants to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in 10 innings.
Pitchers Barry Zito and Todd Wellemeyer put in solid outings on the mound. Both pitchers give up one run on in three innings of work.
Inside the box score
Aaron Rowand went 1 for 2 with a run scored. He walked once and struck out once.
Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 3 with an RBI
John Bowker was 1 for 2 with a triple, run scored and one walk.
Buster Posey entered the game late and played first base for a spell.
Guillermo Mota pitched a perfect inning, with two strikeouts.
Mark DeRosa tested his surgically repaired wrist in batting practice. He hopes to make his spring training debut Tuesday or Wednesday.
Emmanuel Burriss was told that he can return playing within two months, barring any further complications with his broken foot.
Nate Schierholtz had a rough day in Sunday’s simulated game. First, he fouled a ball off his knee. Unable to stand on the sore knee, he stumbled backward and hit his head on the batting cage. But he appeared to be all right afterwards.
Matt Cain takes to the mound as the Giants face the White Sox on Tuesday.
Sunday’s spring training game was postponed because of rain. Actually, we guess that it was cancelled, because why would you make up a spring training game.
Assuming the weather improves Monday, Barry Zito is expected to take the mound against the Dodgers at 12:05 p.m. PDT.
John Bowker hit a three-run home run as part of a nine-run fifth inning as the Giants split-squad beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-6. Kevin Pucetas gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings of work, but the Milwaukee Brewers jumped on the pitchers who followed Pucetas, handing the Giants their first loss of spring training, 12-1.
Juan Uribe hit a three-run home run and Bengie Molina with 3 for 3, including a two-run homer as the Giants won their third consecutive spring training game, beating a Rockies split-squad.
Inside the box score
Aubrey Huff was caught stealing. Why?
Matt Cain gave up one run on five hits in three innings of work.
The Giants have their first split-squad day on Sunday. Jonathan Sanchez takes to the mound agains the Diamondbacks. In the other game, Kevin Pucetas leads a bevy of pitchers battling for the No. 5 spot in the rotation against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pucetas will be followed by Madison Bumgarner, Todd Wellemeyer and Joe Martinez.
Eli Whiteside’s two-run double was the key hit in a four-run fifth inning as the Giants defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
If nothing else, Giants pitcher Barry Zito added a little bit of drama to a spring training game by hitting Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the back with a pitch in an apparent retaliation for a choreographed home run celebration involving Fielder last season.
Time to play good news/bad news with the spring opener.
Aubrey Huff — Good news: The Giants’ new first basemen hit a two-run home run in his first spring training at-bat. Bad news: Huff also committed his error of the spring. We can only hope the runs Huff produces with his bat are not negated by the runs he gives back with his glove.
Emmanuel Burriss — Good news: After missing most of last season with a foot injury, Burriss looked great in his spring debut, going 2 for 2 with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base while starting at shortstop. Bad news: Burriss felt pain in the same foot he had surgery on last season. X-rays showed no break, but Burriss needed crutches to get around. He’ll have an MRI Thursday.
Tim Lincecum — Bad news: The two-time reigning Cy Young winner gave up three runs (two earned) in one inning of work Wednesday. Good news: His arm didn’t fall off, which is all you need to be worried about from a start in early March.
Aaron Rowand — Good news: The Giants’ leadoff hitter was 2 for 2 with 2 singles and 2 runs scored and no strikeouts. Bad news: It’s only March 3.
UP NEXT: The Giants face the Milwaukee Brewers at 12:05 p.m. PST in Scottsdale. Barry Zito stars on the mound for the G-men.