Wednesday, March 17
Giants at the plate: Juan Uribe, who collected two hits, homered in the fifth and represented the Giants' lone run through the first six frames before San Francisco tacked on three in the seventh and two more in the ninth to take the lead. Darren Ford and Ryan Rohlinger were both 2-for-2 and combined for three RBIs while Nate Schierholtz also drove in a run.Athletics at the plate: After Eric Patterson led off the game with a base hit, Kevin Kouzmanoff put the A's on the board early with an RBI double. Oakland's new third baseman was 2-for-3 on the day, as was Ryan Sweeney. Shortstop Cliff Pennington was the only other A's player to collect a hit, as the team tallied just six total.
Giants on the mound: Making his third spring start, southpaw Barry Zito tossed 3 1/3 innings against his former team, surrendering one run, four hits and three walks while fanning one before being relieved by Tony Pena Jr. The right-handed reliever combined with Todd Wellemeyer, Jeremy Affeldt, Henry Sosa and Santiago Casilla for 5 2/3 shutout innings.Athletics on the mound: Left-hander Brett Anderson made quick work of the Giants in four shutout innings of work, scattering just two hits while striking out one with an economical 50 pitches. Lefty Brad Kilby immediately gave up a homer to Uribe in the fifth but then settled down and didn't allow another hit through the sixth. Right-hander Justin Souza gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning before Marcus McBeth came in and pitched one-hit ball in 1 1/3 innings. Sam Demel also gave up a run and three hits. Worth noting: A's outfielder Rajai Davis was scratched just minutes before Wednesday's game due to tenderness near the left side of his stomach. He was replaced in center field by Eric Patterson, who went 1-for-2 with a walk. Cactus League records: Athletics 6-7-1; Giants 11-6 Up next: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will continue to make his case for the final rotation spot as he takes to the mound Thursday against the visiting D-backs at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT. The A's southpaw, 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two games this spring, will look to outduel Arizona starter Kevin Mulvey. Gonzalez will be joined on the field by Eric Chavez, who is expected to play back-to-back days for the second time this spring.
Thursday will be the Giants' only scheduled off-day of the spring. Manager Bruce Bochy also gave the club a break on March 2, the day before the exhibition opener, and the Giants responded by winning seven of their first eight Cactus League games. The Giants' next day off will be April 8, the first Thursday of the regular season. San Francisco will resume action Friday against Cleveland, with Jonathan Sanchez confronting Indians right-hander Justin Masterson.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.