The Giants are starting to get on a roll now that the veterans are playing more, but the prospects that are still playing are doing their parts as well. And finally in front of the televised audiences, the fans got some of those highlights for themselves.
And, well, if you missed it, we’ve got some here.
Austin Slater – 1-2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO – His first time up, he drew a walk on five pitches. His second time up, he struck out swinging at a breaking ball outside after watching similar pitches get called for strikes twice. His third time up, he lined a home run to right-center field, the other way.
More and more, Slater looks like he’s earning himself a roster spot for opening day. He’s getting the chance to face right-handed pitching, and more than that, he’s hitting them. This is just another day in a chain.
Joey Bart – 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR – In his first at-bat, he fished a ball that was low and away into a home run the other way to right, after doing a good job working the count. Defensively, was catching the 8th, and with the bases loaded, was unable to get in front of a fastball in the dirt from Marte, and a runner scored on the wild pitch.
Right-handed hitters hitting opposite field home runs doesn’t usually go well at Oracle Park, but Bart has real power. This one would’ve had a chance, even without the desert air. Bart is looking like he’s going to have the right kind of 2021 that will make fans very happy.
Heliot Ramos – 1-1, 1 2B – After fighting off some tough pitches, Ramos hit a ball into right-center, and hustled into second for a double.
A quieter outing for Ramos, as he’s also getting his at-bats squeezed, but he still is hitting rockets. Copy and paste impressions from all spring, he’s still got it.
Yunior Marte – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER,1 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP, 1 HBP – Got the first batter he faced t ground out to first. He hit the second batter in the arm. The next batter lined a single to right off the end of his bat. He walked the next batter to load the bases. The next batter lined a single to left field, scoring one run. He then threw a wild pitch that scored another runner. He struck out the next batter swinging on a slider. He was lifted after that, with two out and two on.
This was one of those outings that you just want to forget.
Marco Luciano – 0-1, 1 SO – Struck out swinging in his first at bat, at a two-seam fastball inside.
Will Wilson – 0-1, 1 SO – Struck out swinging at a high fastball in his first at-bat.
Zack Littell – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – Littell came into the game with a runner on first and nobody out. The first batter Littell faced was Manny Machado, who jumped on the first pitch and lined a ball straight to the right fielder. He struck out the next batter swinging with a high fastball. Littell then picked off the runner on first, after several throws over throughout the inning.
James Sherfy – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HBP – Sherfy opened up his inning with a walk, losing him on a slider outside with the count full. He struck out the next batter looking with a slider inside. He struck the next batter out with a slider in the dirt outside that the batter couldn’t hold up his swing on. The next batter hit a low slider for a Texas leaguer into left. With runners on the corners, a slider got away from Sherfy and hit the batter in the foot to load the bases. Sherfy got out of it with a strikeout swinging on a high fastball.
Joe McCarthy – 0-1, 1 SO – In his first at-bat, struck out swinging at a slider.
LaMonte Wade Jr – 0-1 – For his first at-bat, popped out to shortstop.
Daniel Alvarez – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – Came in with two outs and runners on second and third. He faced one batter and got him to strike out swinging on a curveball.
Jason Vosler – 0-1 – In his first at-bat, lined the first pitch to second base for the groundout.
Trevor Gott – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – The first batter he faced hit a dribbler to the third that didn’t get off the grass, but ended up an infield single. The next batter struck out swinging on a 95 MPH fastball on the hands. The second batter was a high pop fly to right-center. The final batter also flew out to right, to end the game.