SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After starting his spring with a roughouting, Eric Surkamp allowed one run in three innings for the second straightstart Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.Surkamp limited the Mariners to three hits, didnt walk a batter andstruck out three. He threw 29 of his 43 pitches for strikes and was throwingboth his curveball and slider.In his first start of the spring, the young lefty allowed three runs in just1.1 innings, but he has rebounded since.Hes been better each time out, Giants manger Bruce Bochysaid. He looks confident, threw more strikes, had a better rhythm.Surkamp was happy with how he mixed in a lot of breakingballs against the Mariners.RELATED: Posey plays four innings, nabs base-stealer
I left a couple of them up in the zone that I got away with, but for the mostpart I was pretty happy with keeping it down, he said. I felt like it hadgood bite to it.--Surkamp would likely be called upon to be the Giants No. 5 starter if RyanVogelsong starts the season on the disabled list, but the 2011 Willie Mac Awardwinner is making progress after throwing 35 pitches in a bullpen sessionSunday.The plan is for Vogelsong to throw another 45 pitches in thebullpen in a couple of days.
They want me to make sure my stamina is okay and everything first, Vogelsongsaid. But everything feels good; back feels good, arm feels good.Bochy was happy with Vogelsongs bullpen, but is definitely playing it safe.The back can be quirky, Bochy said. You want to makesure hes 100 before you start getting live action. You dont need a setback.Now youre looking at a longer period of time before he comes back so we arebeing a little cautious.RELATED: Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debutBochy said the Giants dont need a fifth starter until April15th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which gives Vogelsong more timeto get healthy.--In other injured Giants news, Nate Schierholtz toldreporters that he bruised his hip playing Saturday.Schierholtz was taking batting practice on Sunday, however, and said he "feelsfine" and expects to play Monday.--Another day, another two home run game from a Giants catchingprospect.After Tommy Joseph launched two balls over the left-fieldfence Saturday, Hector Sanchez matched him with two home runs, one from eitherside of the plate.The switch-hitting catcher is now batting .500 with three home runs and eightRBIs in just 14 at-bats.--
Gregor Blanco continues to makea case for a 25-man roster spot.The non-roster invitee went 2-for-3 and stole his fifth base of the spring.He could offer Bochy speed and defense off the bench as the teams fourthoutfielder if they decide to dedicate a spot to him on the Opening Day roster.--As the Giants were stretching early Sunday morning, Brian Wilson and TimLincecum were keeping it loose by arguing about who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman.Its an age-old debate and one that Craig Calcaterra of Harball Talk is morequalified to settle, so Ill let him take it from here.