Monday, March 25, 2013

Game Wrap Spring Training 2013: Giants 9 Cubs 3

Then this team is purring on all cylinders, it is one happy kitty.  Today, the Giants came as close to that as they have all spring in a dominant win over the Cubbies.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5.  BA= .310.  Angel just seems a lot more confident and ready to lead this team from the top of the lineup than at this time last year.

Joe Panik- 1 for 2.  BA= .154.  After being injured early in camp and then starting off something like 0 for 8, Panik has put together some nice AB's lately.

Joaquin Arias- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .268.  Arias has a strong game to bring his average up.

Buster Posey- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .293.  2 hits yesterday, 3 today.  Caught all 9.  Yeah, I think he's just about ready.

Cole Gillespie- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .275.  Is Gillespie pulling ahead again in the race for the last roster spot?  I still think it's his to lose.

Nick Noonan- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .220.  Noonan is smelling the finish line to a roster spot and has the pedal to the metal.  Go Young Nick!

Todd Linden- 1 for 4, SF.  BA= .250.  Todd Linden!  Where have you been all this time?  Todd gets a cameo, possibly as a look-see for a possible emergency callup if Belt has an injury in season?

Around the League:  Kyle Lohse signs with the BrewCrew for 3 years/$33 M.  BrewCrew loses their #14 draft pick and the Giants move up to #25.  Woo Hoo!!!  Not sure I'd be too happy if the Giants gave up a #14 draft pick to sign a Kyle Lohse, although if Lohse simply pitches to his career average over the next 3 years, there's at least a 50/50 chance that is more value than they would ever get out of the draft pick.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.70.  Solid, if not dominating, effort from Vogie.

George Kontos, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo- 3 scoreless IP each.

Shawon Dunstan Jr.(Cubs)- 1 for 2.  BA= .500.  OK, I'm going to be a curmudgeon here.  I get that a kid's first hit in a MLB game, even in spring training, is pretty special for a parent, but Puhleeeeze!  Do we have to have a running play-by-play of every teardrop running down Shawon Sr.'s face?

Pablo Sandoval- Pablo's elbow reportedly feels a lot better and he is "determined" to play Opening Day against the Hated Ones.  If his elbow is completely well by then, that's great but I'm a lot more interested in having Pablo in the lineup for the first game of the postseason.  Don't rush it, Pablo!

Brandon Belt's neck is feeling better.  I'm not too worried about that one.

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