Giants use long ball to top Dodgers, 4-1

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Giants use long ball to top Dodgers, 4-1

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A pair of big swings by Brandon Crawford and Nate Schierholtz put the San Francisco Giants in a better mood on Wednesday.Crawford and Schierholtz homered to lead San Francisco to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers."It's time for all of us to start swinging the bat better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've been struggling the past week. Today was better."Crawford connected in the second inning, driving a 2-0 pitch from Nathan Eovaldi over the wall in right. Crawford also reached on an infield single in the fifth and scored on Angel Pagan's second double in as many days."For me, it's not about results right now," said Pagan, who is hitting .189 in 59 spring at-bats. "It's about how you feel. I'm feeling better at the right time. I just want to feel comfortable. You want to feel like your hands are going through the point where you want them to go."After studying video, I made some adjustments. My hands weren't going in the direction they have to. But now they are. That's the important thing. I'm seeing the ball better."Eovaldi gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out none and walked two.James Loney hit an RBI double in the sixth for Los Angeles.Schierholtz belted a two-run shot to left in the eighth.Yusmeiro Petit allowed four hits in five scoreless innings for San Francisco. The right-hander struck out four and walked one.Petit pitched in Mexico and Venezuela last year before agreeing to a minor league deal in November. Petit, who has pitched for the Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks, has worked eight scoreless innings in two appearances this spring.He was limited by shoulder problems when he was with the Marlins."I'm fine now," he said. "I've been working hard, very hard, for this opportunity. I got this chance because what I had been doing over on the minor league side. Today, I felt very good with a fastball, changeup, curve and some sliders."Petit got into trouble when Loney hit a two-out triple to deep center in the first. But he bounced back by striking out Josh Fields to end the inning."He's got experience," Bochy said. "What I like is that he does the little things so well."

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Reliever David Hernandez wasn't out of work very long.

Just two days after being granted his release by the Giants, the veteran right-hander agreed to a deal with the Braves.

Atlanta announced the deal on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Hernandez was due a $100,000 retention bonus if he was still with the Giants on March 28. But the Giants informed him that he would not be making the Opening Day roster, so he asked to be released so he could pursue other opportunities.

In six games this spring, Hernandez allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings.

 

Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Ex-Giants pitcher doesn't make Mariners rotation, optioned to Triple-A

Chris Heston's bid to make the Mariners' Opening Day rotation came up short.

The former Giants pitcher was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday morning, Seattle announced.

Traded by San Francisco to Seattle in December, Heston struggled in his first spring with the Mariners. The 28-year-old allowed 14 hits and nine earned runs in 11.2 innings over five appearances.

Heston, who was a major part of the Giants rotation in 2015, pitched in 38 games over three seasons in San Francisco. He compiled a 4.16 ERA and struck out 148 batters in 188 innings.

The highlight of Heston's time with the Giants came on June 9, 2015 when he no-hit the the Mets in New York. He struck out 11 and walked none, but hit three batters.

In addtion to Heston, the Mariners also re-assigned former Giants reliever Jean Machi and former A's pitcher Cody Martin.