Jonathan Sanchez struck out 11 batters in six stellar innings of work as the Giants notched their 20th win of the spring with an 8-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Sanchez gave up one run on three hits and two walks in six innings. The lone run came on a two-out solo home run by Rickie Weeks in the sixth.
In an odd side note Monday, both teams received a warning after Sanchez hit Prince Fielder with a 2-2 curveball on Monday. You’ll remember Fielder was hit by the first pitch thrown by Barry Zito in the first meeting between the two teams this spring. That pitch was a hold-over from a post-game celebration of Fielder’s last season against the Giants.
But that was such old news Monday that neither team thought there was any purpose to Sanchez’s pitch.
Sanchez said the curveball was inside “because if it is away, he will crush it.”
Brewers manager Ken Macha said he was unaware of the warning until reporters told him about it after the game.
“I’m pretty amazed at that, too,” he said of the warning. “That was not even an issue.”
Inside the box score
Nate Schierholtz had the kind of game he’s been looking for a while now. He was 2 for 4 with a double, triple, three runs scored, a walk and an RBI.
John Bowker kept the pressure on Schierholtz in the hunt for the RF starting job. He was 2 for 3 with a walk, double and a two-run home run — his fifth of the spring.
Eugenio Velez, playing 2B and CF, was 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI.
Travis Ishikawa, playing 1B and LF, was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Expect most of the opening starters to be in the lineup when the Giants face the Cubs in their spring home finale at 1:05 p.m. in Scottsdale. That’s because the Giants final Arizona spring game in Wednesday against the NL West rival Dodgers. The date is a split-squad day for the Dodgers, and most of the Giant regulars will be preparing to make the move north to start a weekend series against the A’s in the Bay Area on Thursday. Todd Wellemeyer gets the start Tuesday.