Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/11/2017: Giants 9 Reds 7

Michael Morse hit 2 dingers and Jae-Gyun Hwang added his 3'rd of the spring as the Giants offense overcame some rough pitching by Johnny Cueto and Matt Cain in the home half of a split-squad doubleheader.  Key Lines:

Steven Duggar CF- 0 for 0, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .364.  Split-squad days give the kids a chance to show their stuff.  Duggar played CF and showed the skills of a leadoff hitter here.

Jarrett Parker RF-LF- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .208.  Parker has always been a 3 true outcomes guy and the  anemic BA tends to hide his value.  While touching 1B 3 times, Parker raised his spring OBP to .406 to with a .500 BA.  Bochy has some tough decisions ahead, but with Mac having options, it may be easier to give the starting LF job to Parker with approximately equal performances.

Austin Slater RF- 2 for 2.  BA= .313.  Slater gets a chance to show off his hit tool.

Michael Morse 1B- 2 for 3, 2 HR(2).  BA= .250.  Morse has gotten hot all of a sudden and is giving Chris Marrero a battle for a RH bat off the bench job.  One blast today cleared the batter's eye in CF which sits behind the CF fence which is 430 ft from home plate in Scottsdale Stadium.

Conor Gillaspie 1B- 1 for 2, HR(2).  BA= .455.  Gillaspie is definitely not backing down in the roster fight.  In fact, he's stating a case to be at least the left-handed half of a platoon which would give him the majority of AB's at the position.

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .333.  How're you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?  Hwang may be forcing the issue with his spring performance.  Will his power translate to AT&T Park?

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 2, 2B.  BA= .294.  Hundley is all but assured a roster spot as the reserve catcher.

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .368.  The energizer bunny just keeps going.  This roster spot may come down to Hwang vs Tomlinson with Kelby getting optioned if Hwang forces Nunex into a utility role.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.  Cueto's first spring appearance in a ballgame.  Getting his work in.

Matt Cain RHP- 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.58.  This was not Matt Cain's first spring appearance and you have to start wondering if hoss has anything left.

George Kontos RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.20.  Kontos strikes out the side, gives up a dinger.  Pretty much a microcosm of what you love and hate about him.  Kontos probably has a roster spot to lose, but he may be losing it.

Steven Okert(0.00), Chris Stratton(1.80), Reyes Maronta(0.00)- 1 scoreless inning each.  Okert likely has a roster spot to lose.  Stratton will likely go back to AAA and wait for an opportunity.  Maronta may be a future closer.


It's Matt Moore's turn to start tomorrow against the D'Backs.


  1. Any chance Nunez gets traded at the end of spring? Doesn't sound like the organization loves him.

    1. Right now, if I had to pick out one name as most likely to be traded before the season starts, it would be Nunez. I think that would only happen is Hwang overwhelmingly forces the issue, which he seems to be on track for. I don't think it's so much that the organization does not like Nunez, as Hwang was just too good of an opportunity to pass up and he's exceeding even optimistic expectations.

  2. Speaking of having a roster spot to lose, I love Matt Cain as much as anyone else, and it's not my money, but… hasn't Ty Blach looked good?

  3. Trade Eduardo Núñez for, say, Adalberto Mejia?
    Irpny? In Scottsdale yesterday Cainer offered the #5 starter to Blach, while up the road, Blach said not today!