In a game that meant nothing in the scorecard, the San Francisco Giants were able to come out of Sacramento with the one thing that matters the most; its health.
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Coming from the dry Arizona desert into the cool, but calm climate of northern California, the Giants were able to top their Triple-A affiliate by a score of 8-4. Johnny Cueto was very strong as he threw 81 pitches and going six innings in the contest. A sellout crowd of over 14,000 saw Cueto pick off three runners, and show the opposing teams that they are going to be hard-pressed to steal against him.
Along with Cueto’s performance on the mound, the Giants got good power out of the lineup with home runs by Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Brandon Belt. Both Posey and Belt went out to the deepest part of the yard in center field. Hak-Ju Lee also homered for the River Cats and made a slick play at short.
Manager Bruce Bochy said it’s good to have these guys coming together. “Tomorrow we’ll get these guys stretched out little bit more these next two days, and then we’ll back them off a bit in the third game of the Bay Bridge series, and then the day off and head to Milwaukee”.
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Bochy also mentioned that he expects Belt to have a real nice year. “I like where he’s at, he got the flu and missed a little bit of time. But he’s strong now, healthy and getting off some really good swings”.
Talking about Sacramento, Bochy said, “You guys are going to have a fun team to watch here.”
As for the health of the team, they head back to the Bay Area to face the Oakland A’s with everyone at close to 100 percent. The Bay Bridge series will begin tomorrow with two at AT&T Park, and then one in Oakland. Then after an off day, it is off to Milwaukee to face the Brewers to open the season. Tomorrow’s game is on CSN Bay Area at 7:15 pm.