Giants 4, A’s 2: A win after another slow start

BOX SCORE

Hooray! The Giants won another game that doesn’t count.

But a look inside reveals the Giants continued their troubling trend of struggling to mount offense early in the game.

The Giants were shut out for five innings on four hits and no walks by a guy HOPING to become the A’s No. 5 starter — Graham Godfrey.

If some Giants are unfamiliar with Godfrey, we’ve included a picture of him here.

But the game wasn’t all bad. The Giants rallied for four runs off the Oakland bullpen, while the Giants bullpen threw five perfect innings.

Melky Cabrera, who went 3 for 4, homered in the sixth. Then the Giants learned they don’t always need to get hits to mount a rally.

In the seventh, Ryan Theriot walked and Nate Schierholtz was hit by a pitch. Emmanuel Burriss dropped a sacrifice bunt attempt to third base, then used his speed to force the Oakland third baseman into an error that scored Theriot.

Angel Pagan grounded into a forceout to score Schierholtz. Just like that the Giants had two runs on zero hits.

After Pagan stole second, Cabrera then got the first hit of the inning, a single to score Pagan.

Patience and speed to score runs? A revelation.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • As we mentioned, the bullpen was lights out, including 1-2-3 innings by Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez — two pitchers who have had their bumps in Arizona.
  • Brian Wilson, who was a regular in minor-league games in Arizona, struck out the side for the save in the ninth. Very encouraging.
  • 1B Brandon Belt went 2 for 3 with a double, raising his spring average to .391. Just imagine how much higher it would have been if he didn’t have that hole in his swing that has led the Giants to consider sending him back to Fresno to open the season.
  • Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday’s lineup could be very similar to his lineup to open the season on Friday: CF Pagan, RF Cabrera, 3B Pablo Sandoval, C Buster Posey, LF Aubrey Huff, 1B Belt, 2B Theriot, SS Brandon Crawford. We’d be happy with that lineup on Friday, except for the Theriot thing. We’d prefer Burriss.
  • Buster Posey received a standing ovation when he was introduced to the AT&T Park at the start of the game. “It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in baseball. I feel luck to play in San Francisco.” Can we put that quote engraved onto a plaque and put it over Posey’s locker after the 2016 season, when he will be first eligible for free agency.

UP NEXT

The Giants’ new money man, Matt Cain, takes the mound as the Giants play the A’s in Oakland at 7 p.m.

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