Posey on Cain's outing, World Series ring
Marco Scutaro is batting .087 (2-for-23), but will remain in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO – Marco Scutaro is just 2 for 23 to begin the season, and one of the hits was a bunt single. He hasn’t even made many productive outs.
But Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he has no thoughts whatsoever of moving Scutaro out of the No. 2 hole.
“It’s six games,” Bochy said after Sunday’s 14-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. “Small sample. All hitters have their (down) moments, and a lot of times it’s early in the season when you’re trying to get in the flow of things. So no change there.”
Bochy might make some adjustments on Tuesday, when he’s likely to give Buster Posey a break from catching duties. It’s hard to imagine Bochy will want to put Posey at first base and rest Brandon Belt, especially since Tuesday’s game is the only one in the series when the Rockies are scheduled to start a right-hander (Juan Nicasio).
Yes, you can accomplish something when you’re down 14-2 in the ninth inning. Belt got his first hit of the season out of the way after an 0-for-13 start, then Nick Noonan rang the register for his first big league hit in his fourth major league at-bat. Noonan hit a crisp single up the middle. Guillermo Quiroz followed up with his first hit as a Giant, too, to knock in a run. (It was Quiroz’s first major league hit since 2010 with the Mariners.)
The Giants were waving for Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly to throw Noonan’s baseball to the dugout, but he wasn’t paying attention. Finally, Yadier Molina, who was playing first base in the late innings, had to walk over to deliver the message.
This pleased Noonan to no end.
“I was peeking,” he said, smiling. “I probably would’ve run over and gotten it myself.”
It doesn’t need to be covered with diamonds to be a precious heirloom.
Between Mac Williamson and Angel Villalona, there should be a lot of tape-measure home runs for Single-A San Jose. Ryan Cavan, the Peninsula kid who hit that memorable Cactus League home run last month, is trying out a new position for Andy Skeels' club, too. He's moving from second base to third base.
The Giants don't have much coverage at third base in the system. That's one reason that Juan Perez, a pretty toolsy outfielder who is right there with Gary Brown in terms of defensive ability, moved to play third for Triple-A Fresno. The team already has three other everyday outfielders in Brown, Roger Kieschnick and Francisco Peguero.
Congrats are in order to Jack Snodgrass and Daryl Maday, who combined for a seven-inning no-hitter for Double-A Richmond over New Britain on Friday. (It was part of a doubleheader one day after a rainout, and they play seven-inning twinbill games in the minors.) Snodgrass walked one and struck out two in six innings. Maday also walked one and struck out two in the seventh. Andrew Susac, who really impressed coaches with his hitting and catching this spring, was behind the plate for all seven innings.
In other minor league news, the club transferred shortstop Ehire Adrianza from Fresno to Richmond, where he'll repeat the Eastern League after really struggling with the bat last season. Adrianza needs to turn the corner soon. He's always had the glove to play in the big leagues, but hasn't gotten stronger as club officials had hoped. One offshoot of this move: Joe Panik is likely to play a lot more second base than shortstop.
Some folks took note that Brett Bochy didn't break with an affiliate. That's because he's on the 7-day disabled list. He had a tender elbow in the spring, and although he expected to be ready to start the year, he was a bit behind other pitchers. The rosters fill up quickly. Shane Loux is also on the 7-day DL, likely because there just wasn't enough room for him to start with Fresno. He traveled with the Grizzlies, though, and is likely to be added soon as they juggle personnel. Infielder Brock Bond is on the DL too, with an oblique strain.
Finally, the Giants released the following players: RHP Kevin Couture, RHP Willy Lebron, RHP Mitch Mormann, RHP Shawn Sanford, RHP Kyle Vazquez, LHP Franklin Noel, LHP Matt Yourkin, 2B Carlos Willoughby, 3B Daniel Mayora, OF Mike Mergenthaler. One name you might recognize is Shawn Sanford, who had some pretty good years for Augusta and San Jose.