Friday, March 07, 2008

Giants 3, A's 2

The Giants won their first home game of the spring today and also managed a rare Spring Training win against the A's. The Giants received a well pitched game and just enough offense to outscore the A's 3-2. If the Giants are going to have any kind of a record at all this year......they are going to need to win a lot of games like this one.

I think I covered most of the highlights in the photo captions. The lowlights included Aaron Rowand's day. The Giants' new centerfielder went 0 for 4 including a 5-4-3 DP in the 1st inning with 1 out and the bases loaded. He also struck out in the 2nd with no one out and men on 1B & 2B. Aaron left 6 men on base and struck out twice dropping his average to .263. Not a good day. Rich Aurilia also went hitless in 2 ABs.

Kevin Frandsen came into the game in the bottom of the 7th and replaced Dave Roberts in LF. I figure that is as much as an admission from the Giants that they have no intention of starting Frandsen and that he is headed toward being a utility player for yet another season. Frandsen went 0 for 1, dropping his average to .211 and his OBP to .375.

All in all this was a clean, well played game. The Giants had no errors for the second game in a row. Offensively, Nate Schierholtz came off the bench to bail them out late in the game. I fear that Nate will start the year in Fresno and the Giants offense can't afford that. All 6 pitchers threw well and had good results. If this staff can throw strikes and avoid the bases on balls....they could be good.


2 comments:

zito4cyyoung said...

They'll get an upclose look at Crede this weekend.

FYI - Batting .125 with 3 errors so far.

bpfastball said...

Of course Frandsen will be a utility guy this year, because the Giants *need* Rich Aurilia starting at third in order for them to win the World Series.

This team continues to be a JOKE when it comes to young players.