Sunday, March 16, 2008

Giants 14, Mariners 8, March 15th

I am going to keep this one short, many of you probably saw the game on TV anyway. Besides, my readership is dropping daily, so I think many of you are getting tired of Spring Training.

Once again, the Giants' offense bailed out the pitching. Now THAT'S a phrase I didn't think I would be typing that many times this year. Today was the "Tale of Two Zitos" at Scottsdale Stadium. "Bad Zito" pitched the 1st, 5th and 1/3rd of the 6th innings. In those innings he gave up 7 runs on 4 hits (2 HRs), 3 walks and threw 48 pitches, only half of them strikes. "Good Zito" pitched the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. In those innings he gave up zero runs on 3 hits (2 of which were erased on a DP and a pickoff) and walked none. In the "good" innings Zito threw only 31 pitches all but 8 of them strikes.

When you only throw the ball 84 MPH, you need to have pinpoint accuracy. You can not afford to only throw 50% strikes as he did in the "bad" innings. The Grand Slam in the first inning came on an 2-0 count and the HR in the 6th inning came on a 2-1 count. Fall behind in the count, throw an 84 MPH meatball down the gets hit VERY hard. Sounds reasonable to me.

The Giants brought their hitting shoes to the park today as 5 players had multiple hits (Durham, Winn, Molina, Rowand and Aurilia). When your 2, 3, 4, 5 hitters all have 2 hit are going to score some runs. In the good news/bad news department, offensive category; The good news is that Durham, Winn and Rowand all hit opposite field HRs. The bad news was that the wind was again blowing pretty hard out to RF. None of the hits would have been HRs at ATT Park.......and probably 1 or 2 of them wouldn't even have been a HR at Scottsdale on a calmer day. Still, 14 runs is 14 runs........and 8 of them came off of Erik Bedard who was #5 in the AL Cy Young voting last year.

As an aside, Ryan Rohlinger came in to play 3B late in the game. He went 1 for 2 with a 3 run double. Ryan is from the Minor League camp and has only played in split squad games this spring. In his 7 ABs, he has 4 hits, including 2 doubles, a HR, 3 runs scored and 7 RBI. Lest you get too excited about the Giants having found the answer at 3B, Ryan hit only .235 at Augusta (low A) in 506 ABs in 2007......but he is having a heck of a spring!!

That's it for today. A ton of hitting and runs......not much pitching. Just the opposite of what most of us thought we would be seeing.


Anonymous said...

Just now getting to check back on your great blog -I've been in Scottsdale for the last week seeing it all in person! Keep up the good work!

thehondohurricane said...

Hey GF9,

Sorry to be redundant, but it seems like Pat Misch has missed a start or at least an appearance. Can you shed any light regarding him?



Giantfan9 said...

Pat Misch pitched the other split squad game on the 15th and got CREAMED by the A's . 8 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks......and get this.....he was only able to get ONE out! I think Pat is pretty much out of the competition for the starting rotation.

Anonymous said...

keep up the hard work man! i still read it everyday and it is much informative than simply reading the boxscore. will you able to watch lincecum pitch in the minor league game in scottsdale tomorrow? if so, that would be great!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to thank you for your blog. Your comments are giving us something that we can't get from the fan fourm and the offical giants website. Once again thank you. gary

Anonymous said...

Another 'thank you' from a loyal reader. How can we be sick of Spring Training when opening day hasn't arrived yet?

steveb said...

I check in every day. I actually miss your comments after the season starts and the articles turn to reporting rather than commenting as you do.

If I could make one request, when uploading pictures, if you don't have time to comment, it would be a real help if you could just list the players name.

Your site is the best way to get ready for the season.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again GF9. Excellent updates and photos. Looks like good baseball weather.

Giantfan9 said...

I always title the photos before I post them. If you click on the photo in the post, you will get MUCH larger version on your screen. If you are using a tabbed browser, the name of the photo (which is also the name of the player) will be displayed on the tab. Or you can right click on the photo, choose "properties" and under either location or address the players name will be at the end.


steveb said...

Thanks giantfan9. When I enlarge the pictures, the titles appear at the top of the Firefox browser page.

greg8370 said...

thanks gf9 for all these great pics/reporting and just flat out taking the time!