The San Francisco Giants reached double digits in scoring for the second time in three games, beating the Colorado Rockies by a score of 10-4. After the game the team optioned today’s starter Clayton Blackburn and reliever Steven Okert to Triple-A, and reassigned Kyle Blanks to minor league camp.
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The Giants have begun to thin out the roster by sending down Blackburn and Okert, as well as reassigning Blanks. Blackburn has had a great spring, and will most likely be on the minds of the Giants’ brass when a starter is needed during the season. He was the starter today and got a no-decision working four innings and striking out three.
Okert also threw a scoreless inning today, and will head down to the minor league camp to get ready for the Sacramento River Cats’ season.
Although Blanks showed good power this spring, he aggravated his achilles injury, and was scratched from the lineup on Thursday, and will likely use the time to heal and get some at-bats in order to make his way back to the big league roster.
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Today’s game featured a monster performance by first baseman Brandon Belt, going 4-4 with an absolute blast to dead centerfield for a 2-run home run and driving in four runs on the day.
Also, starting third baseman Matt Duffy went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. He was hitting second in the lineup for today’s game, but seems to be a great fit hitting third behind Joe Panik, and in front of Buster Posey. His ability to go the other way and hit with two strikes makes him a great fit sandwiched between those two.
Johnny Cueto also got in some action today, facing a group of minor leaguers. He threw 74 pitches (50 of them for strikes) in six innings, and gave up only one run. Stretching out to that many pitches is a great sign that he is on track for his start once the season opens.
Tomorrow: Jeff Samardzija goes against the Oakland A’s in Scottsdale at 1:05pm.