The Giants will welcome back three players back from the World Baseball Classic this week.
And despite the losses, the Giants players themselves had solid tournaments.
Pablo Sandoval went 4 for 13 (.308) with a home run, two doubles and four RBI for Venezuela.
Marco Scutaro went 2 for 7 (.286) with two runs, a double and RBI for Venezuela.
Sergio Romo gave up two runs on three hits in two innings, picking up a loss and save for Mexico. Had left fielder Edgar Gonzalez, normally an infielder, hadn’t lost a ball in the sun, Romo wouldn’t have allowed any runs, had two saves and Mexico would still be playing, instead of Italy.
Four Giants are still playing in the WBC: Ryan Vogelsong and Jeremy Affeldt (USA), Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico) and Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic), along with minor league catcher Tyler LaTorre (Italy).
The second round opens Tuesday. The earliest any of these other players will be back in Giants camp is this weekend. Otherwise, we’re looking at a week to 10 days.
Late last week, the Giants made their first cuts of the spring, reassigning C Andrew Susac, IF Joe Panik, OF Jose Valdez, P Fabio Castillo, P Edward Concepcion, P Josh Osich and P Justin Fitzgerald to minor league camp. 1B Angel Villalona was optioned to Class A San Jose, although the Giants have not ruled out a promotion to Double-A to open the season.