San Francisco Giants Defeat Reds in Penultimate Cactus League Game

By Daniel Sperry
Mar 3, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang (1) singles i the third inning against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang (1) singles i the third inning against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds today, as they played their second to last game in Cactus league play.

Today’s win showed the San Francisco Giants are quite ready to start the season. After disposing of the Reds, 14-2, they will take on the Chicago Cubs in their final game in Arizona. After that they will come up north to take on the A’s for a two game series at AT&T, followed by one in Oakland.

Madison Bumgarner made his final start of the spring, going seven full innings and striking out nine. After a rough start to his Cactus League campaign, Bumgarner has really settled in and impressed.

Gorkys Hernandez had a nice stat line to jump out at you, with 3 doubles and an RBI attached to his box score. Another impressive player is Jae-Gyun Hwang. Hwang hit his fifth home-run of the cactus league, second to Chris Marrero‘s six blasts for the Giants this spring. Aaron Hill also had a nice outing, with a double and three RBI.

Outside of the boxscore, here are a few take-aways from today’s game.

  • Jae-Gyun Hwang may not make the big league roster. But he has leap-frogged top positional prospect, Christian Arroyo in the call-up shortlist. This allows for the Giants to leave Arroyo in Sacramento to help push his development, and not rush him and throw him into the fire in an emergency situation.
  • Aaron Hill will likely make the roster instead of Jimmy Rollins. In 40 plate appearances, Rollins is hitting .125. Yes, Hunter Pence has been pretty bad too. However, Rollins doesn’t have that recent history/benefit of the doubt when it comes to a roster spot. Hill has been more productive, and is more positionally flexible.
  • Osich is still not ready to go in the big leagues. Too many base-runners allowed, too many runs given up this spring. He has really done nothing to show improvement after falling off the radar. The Giants likely skip over him for a bullpen spot. Unless he shows something incredible in Sacramento, or figures it out all of a sudden, he may still be on the outside.

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