Hot damn, it’s baseball time – well, sorta. It’s not the crispy green grass and overcooked hot dogs of Opening Day, but, it’s getting there. Maybe it was getting there a little too much for Giants outfield prospect Thomas Neal. Neal, a highly regarded Giants prospect stood in against Mariners right-hander Ricky Orta in the sixth inning and ended up leaving the game within moments. Orta lost control of his next pitch, the pitch smashing directly into the helemt of Neal who collapsed in a heap. Thankfully, Neal was helped under his own power to the clubhouse where he was talking and gently laughing later in the afternoon.
As for the rest of the game, the Giants staff was roughed up a bit, especially ace Tim Lincecum who gave up three runs, two earned, in just an innning of work. Aaron Rowand continued to do well in the lead-off spot, clubbing out two solid hits in three chances….helping the Giants capture an 8-7 victory.
The bad news of the day – Emmanuel Burriss felt pain in his surgically-repaired foot after legging out a double in the game. While no info was given to the extent, it’s reported that Burriss was visibly upset after the game.