Cincinnati 10, San Francisco 2
Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Giants lost their final spring home Cactus League game today falling 10-2 to the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco was out-hit 18-5 in the contest. 2B Joaquin Arias (.286) provided SF’s only runs with a 2-run home run in the 7th inning. LF Melky Cabrera (.333) went 1-for-3 and C Hector Sanchez (.410) went 1-for-2. RHP Guillermo Mota (2.79 ERA) started and tossed 2.0-scoreless innings with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. LHP Jeremy Affeldt (4.09) suffered the loss after being touched for 4 runs (2er) on 5 hits in the 3rd inning.
Tomorrow the Giants will wrap up their Cactus League schedule with a road game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-0, 4.26) is slated to make his final spring start against RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-2, 4.00).
The Harry S. Jordan Award, which is named in honor of a former longtime minor league trainer for the club, is given in recognition of the player in his first big league camp whose performance and dedication in Spring Training best exemplifies the San Francisco Giants spirit.
Otero, 27, was added to the Giants’ 40-man roster over the winter and has posted a 0.90 ERA (1er, 10.0ip) over nine relief appearances this spring. He’s tied with Chicago’s (NL) Rafael Dolis and Kansas City’s Greg Holland for the Cactus League lead with three saves. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound right-hander tossed 2.0-scoreless innings last night at San Diego and has been unscored in each of his last six spring outings.
Otero was selected by the Giants in the 21st round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. In five minor league seasons, he’s compiled a 10-8 record with a 1.90 ERA (45er, 213.1ip) and 86 saves in 188 relief appearances.
The following players have won the Harry Jordan award:
1988 Joe Kmak
1989 James Steel
1990 Eric Gunderson
1991 Mark Leonard
1992 John Patterson
1993 Greg Brummett
1994 J.R. Phillips
1995 Joe Rosselli
1996 Marvin Benard
1997 Dante Powell
1998 Russ Ortiz
1999 Damon Minor
2000 Ben Weber
2001 Pedro Feliz
2002 Felix Escalona
2003 Jason Ellison
2004 Brian Dallimore
2005 Scott Munter
2006 Derin McMains
2007 Tim Lincecum
2008 Brian Bocock
2009 Joe Martinez
2010 Darren Ford
2011 Brandon Belt
2012 Dan Otero
San Diego 8, San Francisco 7
Peoria, Ariz. – The Giants fell 8-7 to the San Diego Padres tonight at Peoria Sports Complex. The Padres rallied for 3 runs in the 8th inning off RHP Sergio Romo, who allowed a go-ahead 2-run homer to Jeremy Hermida. All 7 of the Giants’ runs came in the 5th inning where 3B Pablo Sandoval (.258) hit a game-tying 3-run home run, 1B Brandon Belt (.397) hit a run-scoring single and 2B Ryan Theriot (.188) a run-scoring double. SF had 6 hits overall in the inning. LHP Barry Zito (7.91 ERA) started and lasted just 3.0 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits. RHP Dan Otero (0.90) tossed 2.0-scoreless relief innings and LHP Javier Lopez (4.22) blanked San Diego through 1.2 frames.
Tomorrow the Giants will host the Cincinnati Reds for their final home game at Scottsdale Stadium this spring. The game will be televised on NBC Bay Area.
San Francisco 6, Texas 2
Surprise, Ariz. – The Giants defeated the Rangers 6-2 tonight at Surprise Stadium. RHP Matt Cain (3-0, 1.74 ERA) started and earned the victory after limiting Texas to just 2 runs (both solo HRs) on 3 hits in 7.0 innings of work. 1B Brandon Belt increased his average to .407 after going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 doubles. CF Gregor Blanco (.348) went 2-for-5 and SS Joaquin Arias (.275) hit his first home run of the spring, a solo shot in the 9th inning. The Giants scored 3 runs in the 7th, highlighted by run-scoring singles from 2B Emmanuel Burriss (.360) and SS Ryan Theriot (.182).
Tomorrow the Giants travel to Peoria to face the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. LHP Barry Zito (2-1, 6.61) is the scheduled starter for San Francisco while RHP Dustin Moseley (2-0, 2.40) will toe the rubber for San Diego.
San Francisco 4, Los Angeles-NL 1
Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 today at Scottsdale Stadium. RHP Yusmeiro Petit (1-0, 0.00), making his first Cactus League start, tossed 5.0-shutout innings while allowing just 4 hits and recording 4 strikeouts to earn the victory. RHPs Santiago Casilla (0.96) and Clay Hensley (2.89) each tossed scoreless innings of relief and RHP Jean Machi (2.00) picked up his 2nd save of the spring with a scoreless 9th. SS Brandon Crawford (.333) hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning and RF Nate Schierholtz (.220) provided insurance runs in the 8th with a 2-run shot, his first homer of the spring.
Tomorrow the Giants will travel to Surprise to take on the Texas Rangers at 6:05 p.m. RHP Matt Cain (2-0, 1.32) is scheduled to start for San Francisco.
Los Angeles Angels-AL 5, San Francisco 3
Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Giants dropped a 5-3 decision today to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Scottsdale Stadium. RHP Tim Lincecum (4.26 ERA) started and tossed 5.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. RHPs Guillermo Mota (3.86) and Steve Edlefsen (2.08) each tossed scoreless innings of relief. RHP Santiago Casilla (11.08) suffered the loss after allowing his first run of the spring. 3B Pablo Sandoval (.241) and LF Aubrey Huff (.273) both drove in runs in the 6th inning after back-to-back doubles. LF Brett Pill (.278) added the Giants 3rd run with a sac fly in the 9th. RF Gregor Blanco (.356) was the only Giant with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and 2 stolen bases.
Tomorrow the Giants host the Los Angeles Angels Dodgers with RHP Yusmeiro Petit (0-0, 0.00) getting the start for San Francisco while the Dodgers will counter with RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 0.84).