The San Francisco Giants took a 5-4 loss today to the Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale, AZ. There were a few bright spots in the loss, with one being the swing of Hunter Pence.
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As with most Cactus League games, the wins and losses are the least important thing to focus on.
Jeff Samardzija worked four full innings and faced 17 batters. On the other side, Hisashi Iwakuma showed why the Giants were lucky that the starter’s deal fell through with Los Angeles Dodgers. He went three full innings, allowing one hit, a walk, and striking out four. Glad he isn’t in the National League west.
Pence hit a two-run bomb to left field in the fourth inning. It was his first action of the spring, and he showed that he already has his timing down.
Trevor Brown delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth to bring the Giants within a run. His bat, and handling of the staff down the stretch last year really helped him garner attention. You can never have enough quality receivers.
The Giants have a split-squad tomorrow against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.