Spring training opener: Giants wins! Giants win! Giants win!
OK, so it’s only spring training and the first game at that. But it’s always good to start with a win.
If you go back to last October, that’s eight wins in a row.
But spring training is not about wins and losses. It’s about what happens during those games.
The Giants, playing in front of a large home crowd in Scottsdale, sent out a lineup that looked a lot like the one they’ll roll out on April 1
- CF Angel Pagan
- 2B Marco Scutaro
- 3B Pablo Sandoval
- C Buster Posey
- RF Hunter Pence
- SS Joaquin Arias
- DH Brandon Belt
- 1B Brett Pill
- LF Juan Perez
Meanwhile, the Angels put out a lineup that looked nothing like they’ll have in the regular season.
Ryan Vogelsong gave up two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of work.
One thing of interest. Non-roster invitee Chad Gaudin also threw two innings in relief of Vogelsong. Perhaps the Giants are looking at Gaudin as a long man and potential spot starter. He gave up the Angels’ lone run on two hits and a walk.
Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, Scott Proctor, George Kontos and Jean Machi each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Giants scored two in the fourth inning on Pagan’s leadoff single and stolen base. He scored on Sandoval’s single. Sandoval scored on catcher Jackson Williams’ double.
Prospect Gary Brown relieved Pagan and helped produce a run in the sixth with a double. But he also whiffed on three swinging strikes in the seventh. Brown struck out 77 times to 46 walks for San Jose in 2011 and 87 whiffs to 40 walks for Richmond in 2012, both in 600+ plate appearances. It’s a part of his game that must get better.
The fourth Giants run came on consecutive two-out singles by Johnny Monell, Cole Gillespie and Ricky Oropesa.