Latos loses again to Giants

Another spring day, another win for the Giants.

The Giants improved to 12-4 on the spring as Tim Lincecum gave up just one earned run in four innings of work.

Lincecum gave up three runs on four hits, but only one run was earned.

It’s a good news/bad news situation. The Giants committed four errors in the game with Pablo Sandoval getting charged for two.

However, one of those Panda errors was debatable. In the third, Sandoval made a double-saving stop of a liner to third. But his throw to first was in the dirt and Brandon Belt couldn’t dig it out. The Padres PR guy was the game’s official scorer, and he charge Sandoval with an error. As the Mercury-News’s Andrew Baggarly tweeted: “Someone is still bitter about 2010.”

If the play is ruled a hit, then Lincecum would have been charged with two earned runs.

So there’s good and bad.

One indisputable good thing out Friday’s game was that the Giants tagged Padres’ starter Mat Latos with four runs in the first inning. Any time you can shut up Latos — even in spring — it’s a good day.

Other highlights:

AARON ROWAND: Batting leadoff again (UGH!), Rowand reached base all three times he came to the plate, going 2 for 2 with one HBP.

PABLO SANDOVAL: The Panda had a single, run and RBI in four ABs.

BRANDON BELT: Belt was 2 for 4 with a double, run and RBI.

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