Thursday, March 20, 2014
Spring Training Game Wrap 3/20/2014: Giants 11 Padres 3
Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 innings of shutout ball while Buster Posey let the offense with a grand slam HR. Key Lines:
Gregor Blanco- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB. BA= .237. Blanco has been heating up and setting the table at the top of the lineup.
Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 3, 2B. BA= .325. Sandoval looks ready for a big season. Hope so X 2. He's my fantasy 3B.
Buster Posey- 2 for 4, HR(2). BA= .364. Buster's dinger was a grand slam. He's looking ready to start the season too!
Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, SB. BA= .364. Pence and Posey with matching .364 BA's How great is that?
Hector Sanchez- 1 for 2, 2B. BA= .297. The Hector's double came with the bases juiced and he cleared 'em. Does he have a knack for the big knock, or what?
Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .231. Crawford has been hitting better in the last few games.
Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's. ERA= 0.00. Midseason form, baby! Bummy has yet to allow a run this spring!
Juan Gutierrez- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 1.29. Gutierrez keeps hanging around and quietly pitching very well. Is he a dark horse for a bullpen spot?
Marco Scutaro got an epidural injection for his aching back. Official line is he's 50-50 to start the season. I'll take the under on that.
Got a nice tip from Shankbone on Gotta Like These Kids. As if the Giants needed more pitching in their system, they landed another one from the IFA market, Kendry Melo, not to be confused with Kendry Flores or Keury Mella. Melo was originally signed by Toronto for $100 K. MLB voided the contract due to paperwork/age problems. While sitting out, Melo gained strength and velocity. Giants signed him for $500 K and Toronto is PO'd. Giants have lost a few signings for similar reasons, so I guess it all evens out in the end.
Also on Shankbone's site, a list of recent releases. I'll let you go look them up if you are interested. The most surprising to me was 1B Joey Rapp who I thought came on strong in the second half last year for Augusta. I had him on my Honorable Mention list. It is quite a long list and shows how strong the Giants system is that they can just let all those guys go.