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Giants rally for another win over Arizona

Madison Bumgarner bounced back after giving up two first-inning home runs, and Aubrey Huff continued to swing a hot bat as the Giants rallied for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

“He looked like he was just overthrowing there early, but he got back in sync and started locating better,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. “He just got the ball up there early in the game and paid for it.”

Bumgarner gave up a lead-off home run to Chris Young, then gave up another solo shot to Justin Upton two batters later.

But he bounced back to post three scoreless innnings after that. He finished giving up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out six.

Bumgarner might have returned for the fifth inning. But after collecting a single in the top of the fifth, he was replaced by pinch-runner Darren Ford.

Andres Torres followed with an RBI groundout, and then Huff belted a two-run homer to complete a three-run fifth for San Francisco. Huff finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run. He’s hitting .351 this spring.

Other highlights:

FREDDY SANCHEZ: The second baseman continues to show good pop this spring, going 2 for 4 with his second spring home run.

MIGUEL TEJADA: Tejada went 2 for 4 to lift his spring average to .257.

TRAVIS ISHIKAWA: Ishikawa came off the bench to play left field. He doubled home Emmanuel Burriss ,running for Tejada, with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.

SERGIO ROMO: The reliever gave up his first spring run when he gave up a game-tying solo home run to Geraldo Parra in the bottom of the eighth.

Coming Wednesday

Tim Lincecum is on the mound as the Giants face the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.
 

Giants win, but Cain feels pain

The Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday, but the big news of the day was the Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday.

An MRI revealed inflammation in his elbow with no structural damage. Cain will skip his Thursday start, and the Giants hope he only misses one start.

“Obviously we hope it doesn’t have to take missing more than one start,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ll see where he’s at in a couple of days. Now’s the time to back off and calm this down a little bit.”

That next start will be on Tuesday, so we’ll see. It wouldn’t surprise us to see him throw a minor-league game or simulated game next week.

After that, we’ll start  to breathe again

In other injury news, Brian Wilson is set to throw live batting practice Thursday, then the Giants hope to get him into games this weekend. Wilson has been slowed with back problems this spring.

Other highlights from Wednesday’s game vs. Arizona:

JONATHAN SANCHEZ: Sanchez gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings pitched. He struck out three and walked one. “My slider was nasty,” Sanchez said. “I was in the zone with all my pithces.”

JEREMY AFFELDT: Making his first appearance of the spring, Affledt threw one hitless inning.

AARON ROWAND: Whoops, we spoke too soon. We thought when Freddy Sanchez hit in the leadoff spot Tuesday that Bruce Bochy had come to senses. We were wrong. Rowand was back in the leadoff spot Wednesday. He went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly.

FREDDY SANCHEZ: Speaking of Freddy, hitting in the No. 2 spot, Sanchez got his first hits of the spring, going 2 for 3.

PABLO SANDOVAL: The Panda continues to hit, going 1 for 2 with a run scored.

More Panda power

Well, you can’t win them all. And in the spring, I’m not even sure you want to.

But the Giants were looking like they were headed to a 3-0 spring start when they were leading 3-0 over the Diamondbacks Sunday. But Arizona tallied four runs in the eighth of relievers Jose Casilla and Alex Hinshaw to post a 4-3 lead.

Again, we saw more encouraging signs from the desert:

MORE PANDA POWER: Pablo Sandoval continues his hot start to the spring, belting his second home run in as many days.

Sandoval belted an 0-2 pitch from Daniel Hudson deep over the fence in right in the fourth inning.

Sandoval also struck out twice, each after Pat Burrell walked. But at least he didn’t ground into a double play, right?

The strikeouts will come this spring for the Panda, as he works on getting taking more pitches and working deeper into the count.

That’s a challenge for Sandoval because, in the spring, pitchers focus on throwing strikes. So if Sandoval is taking, he’s falling behind. Even his home run came on an 0-2 pitch.

MORE HITTERS: Buster Posey continued to swing the bat well, hitting a single and double in three at-bats. Outfielder Cody Ross had two doubles in three at-bats.

CAIN BEING CAIN: Matt Cain continues to throw scoreless innings, even in the spring. Cain tossed 21 scoreless innings in the postseason last fall. On Sunday, he threw two more scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one.

Torture is back … and it’s wonderful

The San Francisco Giants began the 2011 Spring Training schedule the way they ended many of their games from the 2010 championship season — with some drama.

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored two runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run on second base when non-roster invitee Casey Daigle struck out the final batter to preserve a 7-6 win for the Giants in their spring opener Friday.

As the Giants left the field, one fan at Scottsdale Stadium shouted “Awww, the torture’s back already? Couldn’t you break us in?” the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Is torture possible on Feb. 25? Not really.

Tim Lincecum gave up three runs on five hits in his 1 2/3 innings of work. He gave up four consecutive singles to open the game, leading to the three-run first. But the Mercury News reported he was throwing 93 mph while focusing on his fastball and slider. He did not throw his change-up.

Here are some other highlights from Friday’s game.

  • Madison Bumgarner had a solid outing, other than hanging a change-up that Xavier Nady hit out of the park. MadBum was throwing 91-92 mph, which is much better than the upper-80s he had last spring.
  • Leadoff hitter Andres Torres drew two walks in three plate appearances and scored both times.
  • Buster Posey went 2 for 3, including a two-run double.
  • Pablo Sandoval showed some plate discipline, refusing to swing at a pitch in the dirt during an at-bat that ended with a sacrifice fly. He later didn’t offer on a high pitch on a 3-2 count and drew a walk. Encouraging.

Spring training: Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3

The San Francisco Giants got on the board quickly and Kevin Pucetas led another solid pitching effort as the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday in Tucson.

The Giants opened the game with a walk to Aaron Rowand, Andres Torres was hit by a pitcher and John Bowker belted a three-run home run.

Rowand delivered an RBI single in the second for the other Giant run.

Pucetas again made his case for winning the No. 5 rotation spot. He gave up one run (his first of the spring) on three hits and two walks in five innings of work.

Inside the box score

Rowand 1 for 2 with walk, run and RBI in his first game in a week

Travis Ishikawa was 1 for 4 in his first start at 1B of the spring.

Eli Whiteside was 0 for 3 … at the plate and behind it. The Diamondbacks stole three bases off Pucetas and Whiteside.

Up next

The Giants (14-6) will face the Rangers with Barry Zito on the mound.

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.
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