Grizzlies bats quiet in 6-1 loss to Portland
Former Giant Shawn Estes held the Grizzlies scoreless over six and the Beavers picked apart Julio Mateo to put the game away early.
With Vinnie Chulk making a rehab appearance, scheduled starter Julio Mateo didn’t enter until the second inning. When he did come in, the Beavers got him for five earned runs over five innings. The 30-year-old big league veteran struck out four but gave up a pair of homers and a triple. Each of the extra-base hits came after he had gotten ahead 0-1 in the count.
Chulk allowed a pair of one-out singles before inducing a double-play grounder to second in his lone inning of work. He will be asked to work a few more games before he’s deemed ready to come off the DL for the Giants.
Jesse Foppert made his first appearance in a Grizzlies uniform since 2005, holding Portland to one walk in the eighth inning and striking out one. Now 27, Foppert rocketed through the Giants’ system after they took him in the second round of the 2001 draft, starting 21 games for the big club in 2003. Since then, however, he has struggled with a series of arm injuries which have derailed his career. The right-handed product of University of San Francisco has just 11.1 innings of work over the last two seasons and walked 18 as he struggled to find the feel for pitching again. A strong, healthy spring earned him another shot with the club this year.
Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo, whose disappointing spring cost him the backup job in San Francisco, collected the Grizzlies’ only extra-base hit, a two-out double in the second inning. The 29-year-old, who will collect his 3,000th career minor league at-bat later this month, had a single in the game as well and threw out the only would-be base stealer, but struck out twice and whiffed on a catch for a potential force play at home to allow the final Beavers run to score.
Connecticut rained out
The Defenders’ second game of the year was scrubbed because of rain. The contest will be rescheduled later in the season.
San Jose downs Blaze, 7-2
For the second straight night, Giants pitching held Bakersfield quiet and the offense showed some clout in claiming the victory.
Matt Downs, the 2007 Northwest League MVP, went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and his first homer of the season hitting in the sixth slot in the order. The 6’2” infielder never hit below fifth in the order for Salem last year, but will be protected a bit with Ryan Rohlinger, Brett Pill, Pablo Sandoval and Andy D’Alessio able to man the power spots of the Giants’ lineup this season.
Kevin Pucetas gave up a pair of runs over five innings to claim his first win of the year. The righty allowed six hits (five singles) and one walk while striking out a pair. He also hit one batter and unleashed a wild pitch. Working with his sinker/slider mix, Pucetas recorded nine of his outs on ground balls.
Sandoval had a pair of doubles in his three-hit night. He now has as many extra-base hits (three) through his first 10 at-bats as he collected in 31 at-bats to open last year. The switch-hitting catcher was held back in San Jose despite being the team’s offensive player of the year to work with manager Steve Decker on his catching and to allow both him and Adam Witter to get regular at-bats as starters.
GreenJackets fall 2-1 to Greensboro
Just as in the opener, Augusta’s starter worked six scoreless innings, but the bullpen couldn’t keep the Grasshoppers from scoring. A quiet offense again cost the Jackets, who turned a triple play in the third inning.
Oliver Odle, who worked in Arizona and Salem-Keizer after the Giants took him in the 22nd round last season, scattered six singles over six innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. That’s nothing new for the righty from Oklahoma State, who posted a 51-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first professional tour and never gave up more than one walk in a start.
Hitting in the eighth hole, Francisco Peguero, 19, collected his first hit in the United States when he doubled to center in the fifth. Signed out of the Dominican Republic, the wiry centerfielder hit .285 in the DSL over the last two years. He is the only player from the 2007 club to earn a spot on a full-season roster this year.
Lefty Daniel Runzler twice came within one strike of getting through the ninth inning unscathed, but the lefty could not convert either time. After two quick outs, the 2007 draft pick gave up a pair of softly-hit singles and a walk to load the bases. But, for the second time in the inning, Runzler threw a curve in the dirt that catcher Jackson Williams couldn’t corral and the winning run came in.