San Francisco Giants Open Spring With Victory Over LA Angels

By Bryan Rose

February 16, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) jogs out of the clubhouse during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There aren’t any games in Spring Training that you’d ever consider a must win, though, had the San Francisco Giants dropped their Spring opening to the LA Angeles yesterday afternoon – embarrassing wouldn’t have even been the word.

Without a single regular in the lineup or even on the bench, the Angels looked overmatched for the most part en route to their 4-1 loss to the orange and black. The Giants didn’t really keep their regulars in the game for very long either (except for Pablo Sandoval and his belly fat, which appears to already be in Bruce Bochy‘s doghouse), most departing in just a couple innings.

The highlight of the game though may have come on a Jackson Williams double for the Giants in which Sandoval lumbered from first to home in a way that only Sandoval can, which he and Angel Pagan explained below:

"”It looked like home plate was running away from me,” Sandoval said.”I was just hoping he didn’t fall,” said Angel Pagan, who scored on Sandoval’s single. ”It was a long run for him. I’m just glad he made it.”"

Sandoval, who was running on the play, had to go into full runaway beer truck mode to get in before the throw.

Ryan Vogelsong tossed two innings of scoreless ball in his lone start before he leaves to participate with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.