ST Notebook: Giants Top Royals In Surprise

Gregor Blanco is making a strong case for himself.

Tim Lincecum and the bullpen shut down the Royals, while speed and aggressive base running from Manny Burriss and Gregor Blanco -- mixed with a little pop from Conor Gillaspie -- provided just enough offense. Final Score: Giants 2, Royals 1.

HIGHLIGHTS

--RHP Tim Lincecum bounced back nicely from the rough outing last Wednesday, allowing just one run on one hit over four innings. Lincecum struck out four and walked two en route to earning his first win of the spring. The Giants ace threw 58 pitches, 37 of them for strikes.

--IF Conor Gillaspie blasted his first homer of the spring, a solo shot up onto the grassy berm to lead off the third inning.

--IF Emmanuel Burriss and OF Gregor Blanco are proving to be a dynamic combo. Burriss was hit by a pitch and stole second base before being driven home by a single from Blanco. The beautifully manufactured run gave the Giants a two-run lead in the third frame, proving to be the winning run for the G-Men.

Blanco continues to put on a clinic this spring. The 28-year-old went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and the one RBI. Blanco is hitting .545 (12-for-22) with six stolen bases in seven attempts. With the Giants' new-found focus on speed and base running, it's hard to imagine Blanco not making the 25-man roster.

--IF Brett Pill had a couple hits, including a smoked liner down the left field line for a double.

--The bullpen was fantastic as usual, shutting out the Royals for a combined five innings. RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Andrew Kown, RHP Jean Machi and LHP Wilmin Rodriguez allowed just four hits, did not issue a single free pass and struck out three. Rodriguez earned the save, his first of the spring.

LOWLIGHTS

--IF Joaquin Arias continues to struggle at the plate, going hitless in three trips to the dish and striking out looking in the fourth.

--C Eli Whiteside made a critical thowing error in the fourth, leading to Royals first and only run. Whiteside also stared at a third strike in the fifth, going 0-for-3 on the day.

ON DECK

The Giants head back to Scottsdale Stadium to battle the Cubs on Tuesday. Madison Bumgarner (0.0, 1.59 ERA) will face off against Chris Volstad (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch at 1:05 PM PT.

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