The Giants played under the lights for the second game in a row, and they started to look like the Giants of early Spring Training, and not just because of the tie. The team just didn’t look sharp, though they didn’t look unsharp enough to not be competitive. And, there were some bright spots.
So, onto the notes!
LaMonte Wade Jr – 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 SO – His first at-bat ended in a bouncer right back to the pitcher for an out. His second time up, he hit a high and deep home run to right, over the Charro Lodge patio. In his third at-bat, he faked like he was going to bunt twice, but ended up swinging and missing at a fastball to strike out on a full count. His fourth time up, he hit a pop foul to the third base side for an out.
In one swing, Wade showed what the Giants wanted him to all spring. The home run he hit was an absolute bomb to right. Wade’s struggled with strikeouts all spring and is likely headed for Sacramento to close up some holes in his swing, but the Giants are hoping to see a CF-1B with power.
Dominic Leone – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO – The first batter he faced struck out swinging at a slider in the dirt. He struck out the next batter looking on his slider. He finished off the inning with a strikeout looking, this time on the fastball.
Leone certainly wowed Jon Miller on the radio broadcast, and for good reason. He mowed through his late inning in an ideal with, with a slider that had the Padres hitters fooled. He’s a long shot to make the opening day roster still, but he definitely caught some attention with this outing.
Chadwick Tromp – 2-2 – Hit a soft grounder to third, that led to an errant throw that pulled the first baseman off the bag for an infield hit. His next time up, he jumped on the first pitch and hit a looping single to left field. Defensively, he caught a runner stealing in the ninth.
Tromp came into the game late, and while he didn’t pound the ball for extra bases, he was making contact and making trouble for the Padres when he got to the plate. For a catcher to make noise even as a backup, that’s enough. The strong arm to catch a runner was just the cherry on top.
Jason Krizan – 2-3, 1 2B – In his first at-bat, he hit a sharp single to right. His second time up, he flew out to center field. His third at-bat, he hit a double that went off the glove of the left fielder on a fly ball.
Krizan is still getting into games, and every now and then, he shows off a day like this with hits and an extra base or two. Krizan’s probably going to be down in Sacramento, and it’ll be interesting to watch if he’s an everyday player at one position, or if the Giants try to push his versatility, particularly in left field.
Heliot Ramos – 0-1 – Ramos grounded out to second base, though he advanced the runner from first.
Will Wilson – 0-2, 1 SO – Wilson struck out swinging in his first at-bat on a fastball inside. HIs second time up, he flew out to center. Defensively, Wilson had a ball kick off his glove in the ninth inning for an error.
Patrick Bailey – 0-1, 1 SO – In his first at-bat (against hard thrower Ray Black), he struck out swinging on a slider in the dirt that became a wild pitch.
Luis Gonzalez – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO – Came into the game in the second with runners on first and second with two out. He got the first batter he faced to fly out to center field.
Jason Vosler – 0-4, 1 SO His first time up, he grounded out to shortstop. He grounded out to third his second time up. He struck out swinging his third time up. His fourth time up, he popped up to shortstop.
Jose Alvarez – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO Came into the fourth with runners on first and second and two out. Alvarez walked the first batter he faced. He struck out the next batter swinging at a high fastball.
Jarlin Garcia – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO – The first batter he faced hit a hard groundout to second base. The next batter flew out to center field. The final batter hit a groundout to second base.
Zack Littell – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – The first batter jumped on the first pitch, hitting a line drive to left-center that was caught on a slide by the left fielder.
Sam Selman – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO – The first batter he faced grounded out to second base. The next batter he faced struck out swinging. Selman walked the next batter he faced. He got the next batter striking out as well, on a foul tip.
Joe McCarthy – 0-0, 1 SO – In his first at-bat, struck out looking on a slider.
Matt Frisbee – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – The first batter Frisbee faced, he struck out with a slider in the dirt, that was fielded well by Tromp to throw out. The second batter hit a squibber to third but no one was there in the shift. The runner was thrown out at second by the left fielder coming in, trying to stretch it into a double. The third batter hit a sharp grounder to shortstop that kicked off his glove for an error. The runner was eliminated, caught stealing.