Thoughts from Giants 10, Dodgers 8

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito owns a 5.79 ERA after two Cactus League starts, but so far this spring he has looked more assertive on the mound than he sometimes has during his two seasons with San Francisco. That’s no accident, Zito said after he lasted 2 2/3 innings in the Giants’ 10-8 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Glendale.

“Personally, I’m on a mission to trust myself and let it fly,” Zito said. “I’ve done that for two games.”

Other highlights from the Giants’ third Cactus League victory in four games:

Catching prospect Buster Posey not only collected his first two hits of the spring but also collected his first RBI with an eighth-inning infield single.

Dave Roberts collected his first hit of the spring with an excellent at-bat in the eighth inning. A left-handed batter facing left-hander Brent Leach, Roberts worked the count to 3-2 before stroking a bases-loaded single that extended the Giants’ lead from 7-6 to 9-6.

Left-hander Alex Hinshaw took his first step toward salvaging what has been a rough spring by pitching 1 1/3 innings for the save. After stranding a runner on first base while recording the eighth’s inning final out, Hinshaw survived shortstop Juan Uribe’s dropped pop-up to strike out Chin-lung Hu and leave runners at the corners.

Has anybody noticed that the Giants have 14 home runs in eight games?

– Chris Haft

4 Comments

Nice to see these guys swinging the bat! How impressive has Ishikawa’s hits been? The Box scores look good?
http://kmcleod.mlblogs.com/

Nice to see these guys swinging the bat! How impressive has Ishikawa’s hits been? The Box scores look good?
http://kmcleod.mlblogs.com/

Thanks for the update! I am really rooting for Zito to do well this season, and I’m really excited about Buster Posey! Too bad Dave Roberts got released even after that great AB. :( I hope he finds a new team soon! I’m also really excited about Hinshaw after seeing him pitch last season, I hope he keeps up the good work this spring and makes it to the team this year again! :) And so much for the Giants having no power… they have the most home runs out of any team in Spring Training so far, at least one every game! :D

I just found the official Giants Twitter page. http://www.twitter.com/sf_giants its got great up to the second updates. You don’t have to wait for a writer to break down and analyze facts hours after the fact to read about all the Giants latest happenings.

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