ST Notebook: Giants Drop One To Arizona

The Giants played great fundamental baseball, but Barry Zito got roughed up early and Wilmin Rodriguez gave up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Final Score: Giants 3, D-Backs 4.

HIGHLIGHTS

--LHP Barry Zito started off poorly, giving up three runs, including a two run homer, in the first two innings. Unlike the Zito of late, however, he was able to settle in and turn it into a decent outing. The 33-year-old lefty threw three more scoreless innings, finishing the day giving up the three runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. Zito also showed off his bunting prowess, with a sacrifice bunt in the third and a flawlessly executed suicide squeeze in the fourth.

--OF Melky Cabrera singled in the first, and later scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Buster Posey. Melky also led off the third by smoking a liner to right field for a single, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a run and raising his average this spring to .410.

--OF Gregor Blanco led off the second inning with a base hit. In typical fashion, Blanco stole second base, advanced to third on a grounder to the shortstop, then scored the tying run on a base hit. In the last of the seventh, Blanco fought off some tough pitches and eventually earned a free pass. Predictably, three pitches later, the speedy outfielder stole his league-leading ninth base of the spring.

LOWLIGHTS

--OF Angel Pagan, slated as the leadoff man for the Giants, had a rough day and may be feeling some pressure from the red-hot Blanco. Pagan went hitless in four tries, striking out three times.

--LHP Wilmin Rodriguez retired just one batter in the ninth before giving up the game winner -- a solo shot off the bat of A.J. Pollock.

ON DECK

The Giants head to Goodyear to take on the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at 1:05 PM PT. Lefty prospect Eric Surkamp (2-1, 4.76 ERA, 11 SO) will be taking on Kevin Slowey (0-2, 5.63 ERA, 3 SO).

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