After two scoreless outings, Jonathan Sanchez struggled to find the plate Sunday, walking five batters and giving up six earned runs in two-plus innings of work in the San Francisco Giants 10-8 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sanchez lost control of his fastball in the second inning. He walked five of the 13 batters he faced. Twenty-seven of 53 pitches were out of the strike zone.
“I know what’ wrong,” Sanchez told the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m not finishing my pitchers. I have stay back more, get on top of it more. It’s something I’ll be working on.”
It’s the third consecutive unpolished outing by a Giants starter, following Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
On the flip side, the Giants hitters had a good day. They jumped on Brewers’ starter Jeff Suppan for four runs in four innings, going against a trend of slow starts by Giants hitters in spring training games.
The Giants hit four home runs in the game. Aaron Rowand led of the game for the Giants with a solo shot to right center for his first spring homer. Aubrey Huff followed three batters later with another home run. In the fourth inning, Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz also went deep off Suppan.
Inside the box score
Rowand was 2 for 3 with a double and home run. His spring average is .500.
Edgar Renteria is starting to heat up. He was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Buster Posey was 2 for 2 with two RBI. He’s hitting .429. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Brewers stole three bases in four attempts with Posey behind the plate.
Aaron Rowand felt tightness in his left quad chasing down a fly ball in the seventh inning Sunday, and manager Bruce Bochy said his center fielder will be rested for a couple of days.
Travis Ishikawa ran the bases for the first time this spring and hopes to play in an intrasquad game in Minor League camp later this week. Ishikawa, who injured ligaments in his foot during a mishap at home this winter, says he feels certain that he’ll be ready to play by the Giants’ April 5 season opener. But he also admits that he’ll be dealing with discomfort in the foot for much of the season.
The Giants will play split-squad games on Monday. Madison Bumgarner will get the start in the 6:05 p.m. against the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. The Giants also will face the Padres at 7:05 p.m. in Peoria, with Guillermo Mota leading a contingent of relievers on the mound.
These will be penultimate split-squad games for the Giants, so roster cuts may soon follow later this week.
The Giants next split-squad day is March 24 when the Giants face the Reds in a regularly schedule game and the Royals in a makeup of a March 7 rainout.