Five months have elapsed since last year’s Fall Classic. But little has changed.
The Texas Rangers still have trouble scoring more than one run off Giants pitcher.
Tommy Hunter still has trouble keeping the Giants off the bases and in the park.
The Giants are still scoring runs with two outs.
Cody Ross is getting clutch hits.
And Pat Burrell is raking.
Whoa! Wait a minute. That last one didn’t happen last fall.
Well, it did happen Monday during the Giants’ 4-1 win over the Rangers. And it’s a good sign that Pat the Bat is ready to get into the mix for the left-field job.
Burrell came into Monday’s game 2 for 17 (.118) in spring training. But he went 2 for 2 with a single and a two-run home run — both to right field.
“My first hits against Texas in two years,” Burrell told the San Jose Mercury News. “Too bad they don’t count.”
Here are more highlights from Monday:
JONATHAN SANCHEZ: Sanchez pitched four innings, giving up one run on two hits. He walked one and struck out five. “Felt pretty good,” he said. “I just worked on my splitter. I had it over the plate.”
CODY ROSS: Ross was 1 for 4 with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning. He’s hitting .375 this spring.
PABLO SANDOVAL: The Panda went 1 for 3, ran the bases well in scoring from second on Ross’s hit, and he had a walk.
ANDRES TORRES: Torres continues to work his way back from an oblique injury. He went 1 for 3 with a walk.
JEREMY AFFELDT: Affeldt threw two scoreless innings, with one hit and two strikeouts.