After an ugly game on Tuesday, the Giants had a wilder game up in Colorado. 3 lead changes, and some good hitting but some ugly pitching was a big part of Wednesday’s effort by the Giants, led in a few ways by some of the prospects.
Jason Krizan – 3-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – In his first at-bat, he lined a single to right-center. He hit a single to left in his second at-bat. In his third at-bat, he got a hold of one and hit a 2-run home run to right field.
Another big game for Krizan, with a perfect day and his second home run of the spring. His official batting average is .308, and has been inching up most of the spring. He’s still a dark horse to make the roster, but he’s making a big statement this spring.
Austin Slater – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 SO – In his first at-bat, struck out on the outside corner looking. He had the same result in his second at-bat, watching a slider in the zone. In his third at-bat, he doubled off the wall in deep right-center, scoring a run. His fourth time up, he hit a solid single to center field. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after the single.
Another nice game by Slater, who is earning and opening up a spot for himself on the roster. He was back in center field, and that is going to give him a leg up on some of the competition for outfield spots.
Jason Vosler – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SF – His first time up, with the bases loaded and one out, and hit a broken bat fly ball to shallow right-center, which was caught for an out but ended up a sacrifice fly getting the run home. His second time up, he lined a ball right back at the pitcher who caught it for the out. His third at-bat, he lined a ball to right-center for a double on the first pitch. His fourth time up, he struck out swinging on a failed check swing on a slider on the dirt. His fifth time up, he hit a single to center.
Vosler has distinctly cooled off since his red-hot start, but he is still hitting very productively. He is going to make for one of the toughest decisions when the roster decisions come.
James Sherfy – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – On the first pitch, the first batter Sherfy faced flew out to right. The next batter struck out looking on three pitches on his slider. The third batter hit a line drive to deep left, but it was caught in front of the track. Fastball: 95
Sherfy had the roughest game the last time out, but came back with an efficient outing, mowing down some batters and showing off a slider that could show promise in a major league future, but that may be later in the future.
Yunior Marte – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HBP – Marte hit the first batter he faced on the first pitch. The next batter lined a looping line drive to left to the wall. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly on a line drive to left, scoring a run. Marte hit the next batter on a 3-1 slider, putting runners on first and second. The next hitter lined a single to right, which loaded the bases. Marte got a fly to shallow left, not letting any runs come in. Marte finally ended the inning getting a strikeout looking on a slider.
What a rough day for Marte, from pitch number one. He ended up getting his way out of it with just one run, which is a silver lining.
Will Wilson – 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – He lined a hard shot to left for an out in his first at-bat. His second at-bat resulted in a line out to deep right, but was caught at the track. His third time up, with a runner on third, he lined a ball just past the third baseman for an RBI single. Wilson was picked off, but got to second on an error on the pickoff throw. His fourth plate appearance was a walk. His fifth plate appearance was a fly out to center. Defensively, playing shortstop, Wilson committed an error, who charged a slow grounder and threw the ball high over the first baseman. In the third, a hard shot just hit off his glove as he lunged to field it, scored a hit on the tough play.
Wilson was absolutely snakebit in this game. He got an RBI single, but almost every ball he hit was smacked, and two of them were caught in the most unlucky ways. Meanwhile, he got stuck with a couple of rough ground balls, a hard one and a soft one, leading to tough plays defensively at shortstop.
Heliot Ramos – 0-2, 1 SO – With two on in his first at-bat, Ramos lined it sharply to second, caught for an out. His second time up, he struck out swinging at a fastball.
LaMonte Wade Jr – 0-3, 1 R, 1 SO – His first time up, he was grazed by a pitch on his foot, with no ill effects. Wade advanced on a single and took third on a wild pitch, scoring on a single. He hit a fly to left for an out his second time up. His third time at-bat, he flew out to left. His fourth time, he struck out looking.
Sam Wolff – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB 1 SO – Came into the second inning with two out and the bases loaded. He walked the first batter, not very close with the last two pitches, and scoring one inherited runner. The next batter hit a high fly to left-center, a sacrifice fly scoring a second inherited runner. His third batter hit a fly ball deep to center, but caught for the final out.
Jarlin Garcia – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO The first batter he faced was a hard groundout to first. The next batter jumped on the first pitch for a double down the left field line. He struck out the next batter looking. The final batter he faced grounded out to second to end the inning.
Zack Littell -1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The first batter he faced chopped a high bouncer to the third base side of the mound. Littell couldn’t quite get it, deflecting the ball for an infield single. The next batter singled to left. That was followed by another single, to center, scoring a run. That was followed by a soft liner to second for the first out. The next batter struck out swinging on a full count on a split finger fastball. Littell then got a groundout to shortstop to get out of the inning.
Chadwick Tromp – 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB – With a runner on second, Tromp singled on a grounder to left field and got the RBI. While on base, he stole second on the next pitch! His second time up, he grounded out to short. His third time up, he struck out swinging. Defensively, he let a pitch of Doval’s get past him, despite it being a strike.
Trevor Gott – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO – The first batter up against Gott hit a fly out to deep center. He walked the next batter on a full count. The next batter singled just past the first baseman to right. The next batter singled to right as well, just past the second baseman. The next batter hit a slow groundball to second, an infield single and a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing another run to score. Gott was able to get a pop fly to short right field, preventing a runner to come in on a sacrifice. He finally ended the inning on a foul fly ball to the right side.
Jaylin Davis – 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO – His first time up with the bases loaded, he hit the first pitch, a breaking ball, for a single to center, knocking in a run. In his second time at the plate, he struck out looking on three pitches, on a fastball away.
Logan Wyatt – 0-1 – In his first at-bat, Wyatt grounded out to third base on a broken bat grounder.
Camilo Doval – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HBP – After getting ahead to his first batter 0-2, Doval filled the count up, and then hit the batter with a fastball. Doval struck out the next batter looking, nine pitches into the at-bat. The next batter grounded out to shortstop. Following that, the next batter hit a ball into center, and it was lost in the sun by the center fielder, knocking in a run. Doval got out of the inning with a pop fly to shortstop.