The San Francisco Giants came back on the Cubs to win their second game of Spring Training by the score of 8-6. Check out our highlights and lowlights from today!
The San Francisco Giants came back on the Cubs, and actually hung on to win this time! Too bad this wasn’t in October. But, after a long layoff, any type of baseball is a quick fix, whether the outcome matters or not. The Giants moved to 2-0 in the Cactus League with their win today.
We’ll take you through a couple highlights, or positives, and a couple negatives we saw in today’s game. Granted, it’s spring training, so at the moment we’re looking for a lot of individual development, and not necessarily the final score of the game. So of course, that’s where we’ll focus on.
For the second straight day, a non-roster invite made some noise. I’m not just talking about loud contact. Hwang followed in the footsteps of Chris Marrero yesterday and came up clutch at the plate. Hwang’s three-run blast extended the Giants lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hwang’s blast now sets a trend for the non-roster invites to make some significant noise.
The better the non-roster invites on the fringe perform, the better the competition. And the better the competition, the better players play. That’s what will drive the backups. Perform while looking over your shoulder, because there is a lot of talent, and the next guy up is more than ready to make some noise.
Giants fans got a perfect inning out of the club’s shiny new toy in Mark Melancon. No, it wasn’t in a closer spot. However, a perfect inning from Melancon is nice to see, showing the club he’s definitely ready to get going this year. Again, it is spring training. However there were plenty of worse case scenarios for Melancon’s first inning this spring. So the positive is definitely that nothing disastrous happened and the Melancon is ready to rock.
This feels like the only real negative today. Osich’s inning wasn’t great. Osich struck out two, but gave up a walk, three hits, and two runs in one inning of work. Hopefully he can be a little better with pitch location in the future. Again, it’s spring training. He has the same ERA as Madison Bumgarner after the first performance, so it can’t be all that bad (please take the sarcasm here).
The San Francisco Giants next spring training game is Sunday, 2/26, against the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch is 12:15 pacific and you can listen on KNBR 680.