March 2010

Spring training: Giants 3, Dodgers 2, 10 inn.

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.

Injury updates

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.




Up next

Matt Cain takes to the mound as the Giants face the White Sox on Tuesday.

Spring training: Giants vs. Royals, ppd.

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.

Spring: Giants (ss) 12, Diamondbacks 6; Brewers 12, Giants (ss) 1

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.

Pucetas, who is in the running for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, struck out one and walked none in his first spring outing.
Inside the box scores
Andres Torres, was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple against the Brewers.
Eugenio Velez, whose chances of breaking camp with the big club improved with Emmaunel Burriss’ injury, was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs scored against Arizona. Velez played 2B and OF last season.
Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 3 with a two-run double against the D-back.
Aaron Rowand went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts against Arizona. He also was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Joe Martinez, also in the running for the No. 5 rotation spot, gave up four runs on five hits in one inning of work against Arizona.
Up next
Tim Lincecum returns to the mound as the Giants face the Royals on Sunday. Look for Lincecum to throw two innings, provided the weather cooperates on Sunday.

Burriss has broken foot, again


An MRI on the left foot of Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss revealed a break in the same bone that he broke last season.
Burriss suffered the original injury on July 5 of last year while running the bases. He had surgery on July 10 and missed the rest of the season.
Burriss reinjured the foot on Wednesday while running the bases. He’ll wear a walking boot on his foot for the next four weeks, but it is unclear how long he’ll be out. The best guess is he won’t be ready to return to the majors until May.
Burriss had been battling for a reserve infielder spot. His injury now opens the door for Kevin Frandsen to win that spot on the roster. 

Spring training: Giants 7, Rockies 4

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.
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Inside the box score

Aaron Rowand went 1 for 2 with a walk, RBI and no strikeouts.
Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 3 with an RBI double.

Aubrey Huff was caught stealing. Why?

Matt Cain gave up one run on five hits in three innings of work.

Up next

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.

Spring training: Giants 5, Brewers 3

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.

After the Giants’ first 12 batters went down in order, Juan Uribe, Fred Lewis and Eugenio Velez loaded the bases with singles. Whiteside’s double then scored two. John Bowker 


tied the game with a run-scoring groundout, and Andres Torres 
capped the rally with an RBI single.
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Other highlights:
Barry Zito: Zito gave up one run on three hits and two walks — including one to Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan — in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Sergio Romo: Romo struck out two in working a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
For a glance at Thursday’s box, click here.
Injury updates
Mark DeRosa: The left fielder who is recovering from offseason wrist surgery expects to begin taking batting practice this week, and likely will see his first action of spring training sometime next week.
Travis Ishikawa: The first baseman, who suffered torn ligaments in his foot, took soft-toss battling practice and is expected to take grounders in the field Friday.
Freddy Sanchez: Still mending from offseason shoulder surgery, Sanchez could begin swinging a bat next week. Still, the Giants don’t project he’ll be ready by Opening Day.
Emmanuel Burriss: The infielder, who reported soreness in the same foot he injured last season, believes all he did was tear scar tissue in that foot in Wednesday’s spring training opener. If that’s the case, he could be back playing next week. Burriss is still awaiting results of an MRI taken Thursday.
UP NEXT: Matt Cain takes to the mound as the Giants face the Colorado Rockies at 12:05 p.m. PST at Scottsdale.

The Plunking of Prince

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.

Last Sept. 6, Fielder hit a one-out, 12th-inning home run off Merkin Valdez to give the Brewers a 2-1 win over the Giants. As Fielder reached home plate, he jumped on the plate, causing his teammates to topple backwards as if they were bowling pins.

The planned celebration angered several Giants, and the payback came Thursday in Scottsdale.

With his first pitch to Fielder in the first inning Thursday, Zito hit Fielder square in the back.

“My fastball was running in, and it just got away from me,” Zito told the Associated Press.

Fielder appeared to let the plunking slide. Afterwards, he tossed the ball back in Zito’s direction and headed to first and clapped his hands.

“If that’s what they gotta do, let them hit me once, if it makes them feel better,” Fielder said.

OK, here’s Spash Hits take on this issue.

First, we’re glad the Giants took care of this in spring training, and not in the regular season.

Second, we expect that Fielder wasn’t too upset at the plunking because it was Zito throwing at him. If the Giants had announced that, say, Brian Wilson, would be starting on Thursday, Fielder may have a different opinion of the incident.

And finally, it’s six months later and Splash Hits is still upset about that game in Milwaukee. But it has nothing to do with Brewers’ celebration. Instead, we’re still upset with why Giants were pitching to Fielder with the bases empty and one out in the bottom of the 12th of a 1-1 game in the first place.

Spring training: Giants 8, Mariners 7, 10 inn.

Jesus Guzman singled home Kevin Frandsen with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning as the Giants won their spring training opener 8-7 over the Seattle Mariners on
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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.