Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/16/0216: Mariners 9 Giants 6

Jeff Samardzija got roughed up for 7 runs in 4 innings and Denard Span suffered an injury to the opposite shoulder that's been barking at him all spring.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 3.  BA= .174.  This was Span's first game playing in the field.  He jammed his right shoulder while trying for a catch.  It's been his left shoulder that's kept him at DH before today.  Bochy's quote:  "He jammed it pretty good."

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .444.  Pence stays hot in a SSS.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .261.  Was this Crawford's first game at SS?  As far as I know, he didn't get injured in this game.  His bat seems to be heating up.

Ehire Adrianza PR-2B- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .321.  Adrianza says, "hey, don't forget about me!"

Angel Pagan LF- 3 for 3, 2B, 3B.  BA= .500.  Pagan is a dynamic player when he is healthy.  He did not move to CF when Span came out.  Mac Williamson, of all people got the CF call instead!

Trevor Brown DH- 2 for 3.  BA= .412.  Brown continues to impress with almost every chance he gets.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 8.31.  OK, take a deep breath. Say it with me, "spring training for veteran pitchers is for getting your work in."  Too early to hit the panic button, but Dick Tidrow may want to start skulking around the perimeter of the stadium.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Romo reportedly looked sharp today.

Chris Stratton RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 0.00.  I am so looking forward to how Stratton performs this season, presumably in Sacramento, but at the rate Giants SP's are going, SF at some point is not out of the question.


Giants take on the Padres tomorrow with the listed SP TBD.  Seems like it is Jake Peavy's turn, though.


  1. Stratton looked great in his last start. That could be a huge move if he puts everything together. Its been a slow grind watching him go through the system...

  2. Stratton keeps on chugging along. No matter how skeptical I am about his future, or how many times I've written him off in my head, he just seems bound and determined to grind his way onto the 25-man roster. I really respect that. Never quit until there are no opportunities left. Which is why Vogelsong is my most inspirational Giant ever. He was never the best and half the time he wasn't even 'good.' But the guy will never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up no matter how many times MLB kicks sand in his face.

    I'm hoping we can get a good year out of Pagan now that he's in LF and has less range to cover. He certainly seems fired-up at this point in time. Which is good because Blanco has not been doing anything to write home about.

    Williamson & Parker have been interesting because at the rate they're going I think at least one of them has a very, very good chance of being on the opening day roster. What's funny is in their 35 PAs each, Parker has struck out less (10 vs 11) but his BA is 85 points lower thanks to his BABIP bad-luck (.261) whereas Williamson's BABIP (.350) is about where I expect it should be for a power-hitter of his strength and potential.

    I also wondered if Williamson's being moved into CF signified anything but just a random assignment. It's easy to read things into things that are just noise. But...

  3. If Cain pitches well in his first outing tomorrow, it's 22 days until the #5 SP starts against the Dodgers. Hello Heston, and that's if #'s 1 through 4 answer the bell.
    If the season started today and Span is on the DL, hello Gorkys leading off and playing CF.
    It's called taking advantage of opportunities, and if another pitcher doesn't answer the bell, Stratton and Blackburn have used their opportunities wisely. Isn't the jury still out on Romero? Maybe Blach can step up but he's not been consistent.
    BTW, is there any word on where Kyle Blanks is?

  4. Sandoval ESPN's front page (baseball) today: Pablo Sandoval's thin skin not serving him well in Boston

    Apparently the Boston fans and reporters are not very nice. (Who'd have thunk it!) Especially when you stunk the year before, come to camp fatter, are committing errors (3), the coaches are having to coach you up on the fundamentals of glove work and are batting .208...

  5. Apparently $95 million makes you a King in Venezuela and you can spend the hot home summers away in the US eating and rolling about, then you winter in luxury at home.
    Boston obviously didn't scout their prize 2014 acquisition to find out why SF had a weight plan for the Panda.