Feb 26, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws to the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco Giants finally did what they haven’t been able to do all Spring Training: Beat the Oakland Athletics. They didn’t just beat them though, they shut them out. Yusmeiro Petit has perhaps his best outing of spring, threw 4 scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits (the only 2 A’s hits in the game), 0 walks, and striking out 7 batters. Not to be outdone, David Huff threw 3 perfect innings. 0 runs, 0 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Derek Law and Sergio Romo also finished out each other their inning in perfect fashion. It was a good night on the mound for the Giants.
But it wasn’t all bad for the A’s. Sonny Gray looked good on the mound, too. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up just 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and also striking out 7 Giants’ batters. It’s probably important to note that the run Gray gave up was unearned. Hunter Pence reach base on an error by A’s 1B Brandon Moss. Unfortunately for Gray and the A’s, the Giants’ pitching was just a little better, and they managed to put some runs on the board.
By the way, I think whoever runs the MLB Twitter account must be an A’s fan, or just wasn’t watching the game at all.
Nice mention of the Giants and winning pitcher, Petit.
Back to the game though. On the offensive side, the Giants managed 6 hits. The first run of the game was scored by Pence. Again, he reached base on an error, however, it was singles by Hector Sanchez and Joaquin Arias that got him home to score the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the 8th, it was a Tyler Colvin single, a triple by Gregor Blanco, and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Crawford that tacked on the two insurance runs.
Brandon Belt did not look good at the plate. He went 0 for 3 on the night. Drawing a walk and striking out once. I’m just going to choose to believe it was an off night for him.