It’s spring. It’s early. It’s in Arizona, where the ball tends to carry.
But the Giants should be encouraged by the early hitting results in spring training. In split-squad games Sunday, the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 11-1 and tied the Brewers 1-1.
Against the Diamondbacks, the hitters at the top of the lineup responded. Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan went 2 for 4 with an RBI. No. 2 hitter Melky Cabrera was 2 for 4 with a double and run scored.
“The two guys on the top of the order are showing we’re more athletic now,” manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s early, two games. Even with that, you like how it’s going right now. They’re swinging the bat.”
Bochy may stay with Pagan and Cabrera atop the lineup even when 2B Freddy Sanchez is ready to play. Sanchez’s right-handed bat may be needed toward the bottom of the lineup where the Giants get lefty heavy with Aubrey Huff or Brandon Belt, Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Craword.
Here are other hitting highlights vs. the Diamondbacks:
- Aubrey Huff, 2 for 3, run
- Brett Pill, 3 for 5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 3B
- Ryan Theriot 2 for 3, 2 runs, RBI
- Mike Fontenot 3 for 4, run, RBI, 2B
- Hector Sanchez, 3 for 3, run, 3 RBI, 2B
Pitching was handled by a group of Fresno candidates: Brian Burres, Mark Kown, Ramon Ortiz, Justin Fitgerald, Shawn Sanford and Danny Otero.
Pitchers more likely to open the season with the big club were pitching in the game against the Brewers.
Madison Bumgarner allowed one run on one hit with no walkd and four strikeouts while getting through 2 2/3 innings.
Shane Loux pitch 2 1/3 score innings. He was followed by scoreless innings by Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla, Heath Hembree (two strikeouts) and Wilimin Rodriguez. Only Rodriguez allowed a hit.
The Giants pushed across their lone run in the sixth off Brewers closer John Axford as Connor Gillaspie, Eli Whiteside and Brandon Crawford strung together singles.
Outfielder Gary Brown, in his first spring start, went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.