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San Francisco Giants Defeat Dodgers Behind Powerful Display

Mar 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) scores a run in front of San Francisco Giants right fielder Justin Ruggiano (39) against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) scores a run in front of San Francisco Giants right fielder Justin Ruggiano (39) against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Giants won a baseball game thanks to three long balls. That’s not a sentence I anticipate writing very often in 2017.

The San Francisco Giants took on the Los Angeles Dodgers today in Catcus League play. They walked away with a 4-2 win against their NL West, and bitter rivals largely in part to three big flies from a very powerful trio of roster hopefuls.

After Clayton Kershaw rendered the Giants hitless through the first three innings, Brandon Belt got the Giants on the board after a line drive slicing down the right field line. To not very many Giants fans surprise, Yasiel Puig couldn’t come up with the ball which allowed Brandon Belt to get all the way to third, scoring Joe Panik.

After the Dodgers got a couple runs in the bottom half of the fourth, up stepped Jae-Gyun Hwang who deposited the ball over the left field fence for a game tying solo shot. Williamson then went “oppo-taco” in the sixth for a solo shot, his second of Spring Training. Chris Marrero then crushed another home-run to extend the lead to 4-2.

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Marrero is turning some heads right now. He reminds me of Mark Minicozzi from 2014, except a little better. The big thing on Marrero is that I just don’t think there is a spot for him to go on the 25 Man Roster at the moment.

Another big thing is Hwang keeping up his battle with Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie is probably going to have his place in Giants folklore thanks to his postseason heroics. However, Hwang is seriously trying to get his foot in the door. Hwang has yet to walk, which is pretty consistent with his numbers in KBO (free swinger). The good thing is he’s making contact. He’s got five hits, three of which are extra bast hits.

Another positive thing from today is Matt Moore‘s no runs allowed and five strikeouts. Moore’s performance continues the upward trend from the starters in their spring performances. This really shouldn’t have been too much of a concern with the starting staff, but it is encouraging to see the performances get better.

Next: World Baseball Classic Preview

The San Francisco Giants take on Puerto Rico in an exhibition game tomorrow afternoon.

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