Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Game Wrap Spring Training 2013: Giants 9 Reds 5

Barry Zito had a nice start and several prospects took advantage of a chance to show their offensive chops as the Giants topped their 2012 NLDS rivals.  Key Lines:

Andres Torres- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .250.  Torres got thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple the promptly hurled in the dugout.  Ewwwww!!!!  Seems a GI virus is loose in the Giants clubhouse.

Nick Noonan- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA- .176.  Nick Noonan has been coming on over the last week or so.

Ricky Oropesa- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .286.  Ricky broke a 3-3 tie with a 2 run dinger in the 8'th.  That's a good way to leave in impression on the manager.  It doesn't get much better than surviving the first round of cuts then rewarding your bosses who made that decision with a performance like that for a non-roster kid who appears to be ticketed for AA.

Juan Perez-  1 for 2, HR(1), Assist.  BA= .200.  Perez has been doing some impressing the last few games himself.

Francisco Peguero- 2 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .424.  Contrast this performance with Cole Gillespie's last night.  Pegs may be gaining some traction here.

Johnny Monell- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .600.  Monell is suddenly the talk of the town.  Notice he was the DH in this game.  I don't think he has seen much, if any, time behind the plate this spring.

Guillermo Quiroz- 1 for 2.  BA= .333.  I suspect Quiroz is currently #3 on the Giants catching depth chart.

Barry Zito- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Jake Dunning, Chad Gaudin, Jean Machi- 1 scoreless IP each.

Late word that Brett Pill will undergo knee surgery and be out at least 3 weeks.  Guess he won't start the season as the 5'th OF.


  1. I am not so sure Quiroz isn't #2 on the depth chart. Wouldn't surprise me if Sanchez didn't break with the team. Looks like Monell is giving them something to think about too.

  2. flu is traveling around the west, i had it two weeks ago...miserable

    cant see monell breaking camp if he isnt working behind the plate....i know that his d improved last season, just not sure if it improved enough...remember, guys like timmy and maddy are hard to handle...ive been on the monell bandwagon since he was in sj...really like that kid...amazing how the yanks have absolutely no depth at catcher (very good chance that stewart could be the opening day starter) and giants are loaded with talent at the position

    bummer for pill

    great game between italy and pr came back in the 8th to win 4-3....angel stays out of camp for at least a couple more days

    giants play japan tomorrow...should be fun...petit needs to stay focused


  3. Looks like Monell has played some 1B a bit too. Play him there from time to time too and put Belt in LF? Not as strong defensively but offensively they would do well against righties.

  4. Monell in for Sanchez today due to calf/shoulder issues. Pill already surgeried and back on a plane to AZ! What a modern world we live in.

    1. looks like hector will not be ready for opening day. monell's big shot. but tyler should be back tomorrow


    2. Here's our latest ST stats, I sorted for ABs, not sure if it'll survive the paste job:[object+Object]&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Player+hitting&sectionType=sp&statType=hitting&page=1&ts=1363292011891&sortColumn=ab&sortOrder=%27desc%27&extended=0

      One thing that stands out - Tanaka and Noonan are the guys Bochy has been giving chances to. Also, the OFs are all getting in the game, just late: Kieschnick/Perez have played 15, Brown/Gillespie 14 and Peggs only 13.

      Monell is going to have to go through Guillermo Quiroz, then Jackson Williams, then LaTorre. Tough road, but exciting.

  5. japan has a heck of a team. well coached. play all the fundamentals well.

    petit is going back to worries about him not making it though waivers.

    i think its clear that if there is a 5th of, and lets face it, there better be cuz belt hasnt been given too many chances in left, it wont be pegs or brown...those guys have gotta play everyday

    great pitching duel in dr/usa game....wright out with back pain

    the semis and finals should be great fun and they have dropped some prices for single seats


    1. The one single thing that stands out most to me about the WBC, at least in past tournaments, is how well the asian teams play fundamental baseball. They do all the little things well that a lot of american fans, especially stats guys, scoff at. For instance....

      Have you noticed that a lot of asian pitchers come to a complete stop in their windup just before delivering the ball? Completely breaks down batters with long timing mechanisms.

      I remember one game in particular, Japan vs USA. Tight game 0-0 or 1-0 or something like that. Japan gets runners at first and 2'nd with no outs. Next batter successfully bunts them over to 2'nd and 3'rd with 1 out. An infield hit and a ground ball out later, both runners had scored.