San Francisco Giants Slug Home Runs, and Beat the Indians 13-4
By Jeff Young
The San Francisco Giants hit a lot of home runs today. They also scored more runs and had fewer errors than the Indians. That’s quite a recipe for success, especially considering how poorly the defense has looked so far. Here are some observations from today’s game:
–Tyler Beede completed three innings, and gave up only one run. This was a nice rebound game after he struggled in his first start. His performance today was boring, and that is a good thing. He allowed only two base runners, including a home run to Giovanny Urshella. He had a good approach to Urshella, and throw two pitches on the outside corner.
However, he did not get the call on either pitch, and was forced to throw to the middle part of the strike zone. He threw the ball well against a lineup that consisted of several starters from the Indians roster.
–Mac Williamson ‘s new swing is doing him a huge favor this spring. It is even helping him steal some bases. Well, that last sentence may not be completely true. Williamson had three hits including his third home run of the spring. In addition to this, he had 3 RBIs.
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He is making some noise, and that is something we have been waiting for from him. It is likely that he still starts the season in Sacramento, but looks to build on a strong start before he gets there. He has 10 RBIs on the spring, and is taking advantage of his opportunities to drive runners in.
–Austin Jackson was setting the table as a leadoff hitter should. He had two hits including a double and scored two runs today. Jackson is not fighting for a spot, but his spot in the lineup remains unknown. He could bat leadoff. He still has some speed relative to some of the other players on the roster. Or, he could bat lower in the lineup.
Either way, he will provide some solid value in any role he assumes if he is healthy. Health and usage will play a role in factoring into Jackson’s performance. He may not have the durability to be a starter, but can be a right-handed part of a platoon, if necessary.
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On a final note, Ryan Howard continued his hot spring with another hit and an appearance at shortstop. Additionally, Pierce Johnson recorded outs against the only two batters he faced today.