ST Notebook: Giants, On A Roll, Beat Reds
Buster Posey made his spring debut Friday. Yes.
Buster Posey made his spring debut Friday. Yes.
San Jose Correspondent
Posted Mar 9, 2012


Matt Cain looks in mid-season form, Melky Cabrera and Brandon Belt power the Giants to victory over the Reds. Final Score: Giants 6, Reds 3.

HIGHLIGHTS

--C Buster Posey played. Enough said.

--2B Freddy Sanchez not only played, he got his first hit of the spring as well, going 1-for-4 with a single.

--RHP Matt Cain pitched very well, shutting down the Reds for three innings. Cain allowed just three hits, struck out four and did not issue a free pass.

--OF Melky Cabrera stayed in beast mode, blasting one about 450 feet for a 2-run homer in his first at bat. Cabrera added a single in the bottom of the fifth, finishing the day 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.

--IF Brett Pill ripped a double off the wall in left field in the fourth inning, plating Chris Stewart for the Giants’ third run. Pill later scored on a 2-out RBI single from OF Nate Schierholtz.

--OF Brandon Belt lined a double to left on the first pitch he faced coming off the bench to lead off the bottom of the sixth. In his second at bat, with two out in the eighth, the 23-year-old smoked a no-doubter over the Giants’ bullpen for a solo shot. Belt also made a nice shoe-top catch on a low, sinking liner in left field.

--LHP Javier Lopez allowed a single and a double to lead off the Reds’ half of the seventh, but then settled in, striking out two and getting out of the jam without allowing a run.

--RHP Heath Hembree also started off slow, allowing a walk and a double in the ninth. Like Lopez, however, Hembree settled in. He struck out the final two batters on six pitches.

LOWLIGHTS

--IF Joaquin Arias made a throwing error to lead off the fifth inning, allowing Denis Phipps to reach base. Phipps eventually came around to score the first run for the Reds.

--OF Gary Brown has yet to display the phenomenal defense for which he has become known. Brown struggled with a fly ball in the eighth, allowing it to fall for a single.

--IF Aubrey Huff went hitless again in three trips to the plate, dropping his spring average to .214 (3-for-14).

ON DECK

Barry Zito will get his second start of the spring Saturday, facing off against righty Wily Peralta when the Giants take on the Brewers in Scottsdale. 12:05 PT first pitch. KNBR will broadcast both weekend games.


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