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San Francisco Giants: 3 Takeaways in Loss to Dodgers

By Jake Mastroianni
Feb 20, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence poses for a portrait during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 20, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence poses for a portrait during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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After starting the season on a 3-game win streak, the San Francisco Giants have now lost three straight, including a couple of games to their rivals.

Today we’ll take a look at their latest lost, which came at the hands of the hated Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night 7-6.

Matt Cain vs. Ty Blach

We’re going to get more into this battle later with a bigger article, so we’ll briefly discuss the competition here. Both guys went two innings, but Cain really struggled – especially in the second inning – giving up 3 runs on 5 hits with 1 strikeout.

Meanwhile, Blach was perfect in his two innings of work with a couple of strikeouts. He clearly won this round as the two battle for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Jarrett Parker Unleashes 

We discussed the battle for left field on Tuesday, and then Jarrett Parker went out and made a statement by going 2-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs.

The home run, which you can enjoy over-and-over again below thanks to YouTube, was an absolute bomb. The right fielder doesn’t even move. As we mentioned in the article, the job is his to lose. As long as he keeps putting up games like this once or twice a week, he’ll be the San Francisco Giants starting left fielder.

Hunter Pence’s Baby Face

A definite negative from this game was seeing Hunter Pence’s baby face — I don’t like it. That’s not the Hunter Pence I know, and I hope he’s able to grow the beard back out by Opening Day.

However, he is 2-6 this spring, so if it helps him hit, I’m all for it, but you can’t honestly tell me it’s a good look for Pence. Some people just need a little facial hair, and Pence is one of those people. I love the crazy looking, bearded Hunter Pence, and hopefully he comes back soon.

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The San Francisco Giants will play their first split-squad games of spring training today (Thursday) as half of the team will face the Chicago White Sox at home, while the rest will travel to face the Los Angeles Angels.

Matt Moore will get the start against the White Sox, and Tyler Beede is expected to be the starting pitching against the Angels.

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