Sunday, March 08, 2009

Giants (10) vs A's (1)

Funny thing happened today. The Giants played the A's in a Spring Training game and actually WON. I didn't bring my camera to the game, but just a few quick observations.

Both teams had split squad games, with the A's also playing at home and the Giants playing in Tempe. That gave me a chance to see a couple of kids that came over from the Minor League camps. They are real easy to spot, because instead of the black jersey's with orange lettering that the Major Leaguers wear, the Minor Leaguers wear black with white lettering. Roger Kieschnick, Michael Ambort, Mike McBryde and Francisco Peguero all saw some action with the big club. They made their presence known as they went a combined 3 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 RBI and no strikeouts. Most impressive was Michael Lambort who made the most of his only AB by crushing a long 2 run HR down the LF line. Lambort was in Salem-Keizer (short season A) last season. He had 9 HRs and a 1.059 OPS in 34 games there. Of course he is a little on the old side for that league, since he will be turning 24 in April.

The youngsters that ARE on the roster also helped run the score up. Buster Posey was 1 for 2 with a single and a walk (now batting .375 for the spring). Matt Downs played RF again today and misplayed another ball off the wall, but that was more than made up for by his 3 for 4 performance with his 2nd HR of the spring, 2 runs and 3 RBI. Brian Bocock started at SS and went 1 for 2 with a run and a walk. Conor Gillaspie was 0 for 1 with one successful chance at 3B. All in all a very good showing for the kids.

Randy Johnson was today's starter and went a team high 3.1 innings. I don't think he was as sharp his last outing, but he still managed to pitch shutout baseball, allowing 3 singles and 2 walks while striking out 3. Osiris Matos gave up his first run of the spring. Francis Beltran, Justin Miller and Brian Wilson all kept their spring ERA's at 0.00, pitching 4 innings of 1 hit, 1 walk ball between them.

Add in Bengie Molina's HR and Fred Lewis' triple and double.....and a good time was had by all. Did you know the Giants lead the Cactus League in HRs? Hard to believe huh?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What ????????????? Can you repeat that ? Leading the Cactus League in...

thepainguy said...

Do you have more photos of Andres Torres?

I ask because I know him and have worked with him on his hitting, including in the off-season (I have some video from PR), and haven't had a chance to see how he's swinging the bat (although his stats say he's doing well).

You can e-mail me at...

thepainguy@gmail.com

Giantfan9 said...

Actually, after today's game......the Giants lead the MAJOR LEAGUES in HRs.