Matt Duffy hit an RBI single and a solo home run to back Jeff Samardzija and lead the Giants to a 5-2 victory Saturday over the Cubs in front of 15,403 at Sloan Park.
Accustomed to being on stage, renowned pop music star Huey Lewis passed on an opportunity to coach first base for the San Francisco Giants in their Cactus League game Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.
Certainly, batted balls travel farther in Arizona. And Spring Training statistics are illusory, since they’re largely being compiled by players who won’t be with clubs once the regular season begins.
Dodgers fifth-starter candidate Carlos Frias tossed four scoreless innings and his team’s offense chased Clayton Blackburn in the first inning while coasting to a 13-0 win over the split-squad Giants, snapping the Dodgers’ eight-game winless streak.
Brandon Belt maintained his torrid hitting Friday, clobbering a three-run homer in a four-run third inning that helped the San Francisco Giants top the Kansas City Royals, 8-5.
What had been widely known has become official. Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced after Friday’s 8-5 split-squad victory over Kansas City that the ballclub’s first four starters will be, in order, Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Jake Peavy.
The Giants’ decision-makers must select the ballclub’s season-opening contingent of reserves late next week. Clues regarding who will compose the bench have emerged, though nothing’s certain at this juncture.
Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner’s optimism rose Thursday along with his ERA. That’s part of the beauty of Spring Training, when results are secondary to preparation.
Issuing a symbolic tip of the cap to Joe Amalfitano, Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked the venerable baseball lifer to coach third base during Friday night’s split-squad game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ehire Adrianza went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Giants’ 10-6 exhibition loss to the D-backs on Wednesday, lifting his spring batting average to .333. The utility infielder realizes that he must sustain that type of performance to bolster his chances of making the Opening Day roster.
Jake Lamb’s pinch-hit, three-run homer erased an early deficit and helped the D-backs past the Giants, 10-6, on Wednesday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Salt River Fields.
Right fielder Hunter Pence made what amounted to a major declaration Wednesday before the Giants’ 10-6 exhibition loss to the D-backs when he admitted that his days of appearing in every game might have to end, for purposes of self-preservation.