San Francisco Giants Beat Chicago White Sox (ss), Buster Posey Stays Hot

By Eric Nathanson

Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (17) pitches in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Buster Posey and Tim Hudson looked to be in mid-season form as the Giants beat the White Sox 8-5 in Cactus League action Saturday afternoon. The Giants did it with the big inning scoring 6 runs in the top of the 6th to pull away. Buster Posey was right in the middle of it driving in 2 runs with bases loaded two out hit to center.

Tim Hudson looked pretty sharp in 6 innings of work. He’s now 2-1 this Spring with a 3.72 ERA. The only blemish on his record today was a solo home run by Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Hudson gave up 7 hits but was able to work out of jams by inducing ground ball outs. It also helped that he only walked one. The worst part of his day was getting robbed on a great catch. Hudson went 2 for 3 for himself at the plate.

Juan Perez continued to butt in to the 5th OF spot conversation with another great day at the plate. He went 1-4 with a walk but the 1 was a huge 3 run home run to break te scoring open in the 6 run 6th inning. It’s also a good sign that he didn’t strike out at all in 5 plate appearances in this game.

Also fighting for a roster spot is Brandon Hicks, and he seems to like Glendale. Hicks was 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the 9th inning. He scored twice and also showed versatility in the field as he spent time at both 2nd and 3rd base.

The only guy not to have a great day was Jeremy Affeldt. He worked .1 inning and gave up 4 earned runs. The White Sox hitters were hitting the ball hard and squared up quite a few pitches. May not be a cause for concern, but it also would be nice to have bullpen stability.

The Giants continue the stretch run of Spring Training baseball tomorrow as the Royals visit Tim Lincecum and the boys at Scottsdale Stadium at 1:05pt.