ST Notebook: Home Runs Power Giants Over A's

Tim Lincecum had his best outing of the spring so far, while a balanced attack from the offense led the Giants to an easy win over the A's in Scottsdale. The traveling club, powered by Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt, could only manage a tie.

Home Game -- Final Score: Giants 7, A's 2

HIGHLIGHTS

--RHP Tim Lincecum was, well, Tim Lincecum. The Giants' ace went 6 strong, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four batters.

--C Eli Whiteside threw out yet another would-be base stealer in the top of the fourth. Whiteside's arm has looked great so far this spring.

--OF Nate Schierholtz showed off that cannon arm of his, gunning down a runner at the plate to end the A's half of the fourth inning. In the bottom of that inning, Schierholtz laced an RBI double over the head of A's center fielder Coco Crisp on a 3-2 count.

--2B Freddy Sanchez led off the bottom of the fourth with an 8-pitch at-bat, eventually singling.

--OF Melky Cabrera collected a two bagger on a base hit to left-center field. Melky showed he can also run the bases aggressively and intelligently, advancing to second easily on the suspect arm of Coco Crisp.

--3B Pablo Sandoval plated a run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to left field. Later, leading off the sixth, Sandoval hit a solo blast into the Giants' bullpen.

--IF Ryan Theriot displayed some rare power in blasting a two-run shot over the right-field wall, also in the fourth frame -- a four-run inning for the G-Men.

--OF Angel Pagan, with one out in the fifth, launched a solo shot over the right-field wall. It was Pagan's first homer of the spring, and he finished the day 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen bag.

--The Giants added a seventh run in the home half of the sixth, on base hits from Dominguez and Mike Theriot, followed by a couple passed balls from the Oakland catcher.

--RHP Brian Wilson pitched well, striking out two in the seventh. Unfortunately Wilson didn't finish the frame, though that was due in large part to a missed connection between Sandoval and Theriot for a force out at second and a dying quail single just over Theriot's head.

--IF Chris Dominguez had a nice day with the glove, making two beautiful running, over-the-shoulder catches down the line in foul ground. Dominguez, a natural third baseman, showed he can play some first base as well.

LOWLIGHTS

--Sandoval's homer in the sixth caught a piece of Brian Wilson, who was warming up in the ‘pen. Not good.

Road Game -- Final Score: Giants 3, Dodgers 3

HIGHLIGHTS

--OF Gregor Blanco lead off the game with a clean base hit up the middle. Predictably, Blanco then swiped second, his major-league leading seventh stolen bag of the spring. Later in the game the 28-year-old made a diving catch in center field that, according to Alex Pavlovic, saved at least one run. Blanco was again instrumental for the Giants in the top of the eighth, leading off the inning with a double. And later scoring the tying run.

--IF Brandon Belt hit a wind-aided home run to left field in the top of the first inning. The two-run shot was Belt's third round tripper of the spring. Belt plated his third run of the game in the top of the eighth, on a sacrifice fly. Belt's three RBI accounted for all of the scoring for the Giants.

--LHP Matt Yourkin pitched three strong, scoreless innings for the traveling club, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three.

LOWLIGHTS

--IF Brandon Crawford had a rare off night at the plate, going hitless in three trips, including two strikeouts.

--RHP Andrew Kown, in two plus innings of relief, got knocked around for two runs on two walks and three hits, including a solo homer allowed to Dodgers shortstop Luis Cruz in the bottom of the sixth.

ON DECK

The Giants will be at full strength for a battle with division rival San Diego on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 3.72 ERA, 13 SO) will take the hill for the home squad, while the Padres will counter with Edinson Volquez (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 4 SO). First pitch 1:05 PM PT.

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