Lincecum rocked, Giants rally past Rockies 8-6

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Lincecum rocked, Giants rally past Rockies 8-6

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jamie Moyer knows making the Colorado Rockies is going to be a tough task after having Tommy John surgery.At 49, he's up to the challenge.Making his first appearance in a year and a half, Moyer pitched two scoreless innings and the Rockies tagged Tim Lincecum for five runs before the San Francisco Giants rallied for an 8-6 victory Wednesday."I was a little anxious entering the game," said Moyer. "It's been 18 months since I pitched in game. I wasn't nervous since I entered from the bullpen in the fourth.
"I have something to prove to this team," he added.Moyer last pitched July 20, 2010, when he was with Philadelphia. In his two innings of work, Moyer held the Giants to a single and induced five groundouts and had a strikeout. His fastest pitch was an 82 mph fastball to Brandon Belt in the fourth inning.If Moyer makes the team, he would become the fifth pitcher to play in the majors for 25 years or more. Nolan Ryan holds the record having pitched for 27.Moyer threw just 22 pitches in his outing. "I have a lot of work ahead of me," Moyer said. "I can't sit and dwell on this because one outing isn't going to create where I'm going to be."Today was all about trying to be effective and pitch around the strike zone," he said.The Rockies pounced on Lincecum in the first two innings, scoring five runs as the former two-time Cy Young Award winner struggled with his command.
BAGGARLY: Rockies tee off on Lincecum's fastball
The Giants ace gave up five runs on seven hits to the 13 batters he faced. In the first inning, he threw 29 pitches and yielded a lead-off homer to Charlie Blackmon and two-run triple to Michael Cuddyer.His struggles continued in the second as he gave up two-run single to Carlos Gonzalez."I felt fine, said Lincecum. "I felt like my times to the plate were good. Both innings were kind of rough, obviously."Just one of those things where you've got to eliminate the fact that you're trying to get super competitive out there and trying to get outs and really focus on what you're trying to work on," Lincecum said. "I wanted to just keep throwing my fastball and hopefully pound the zone with that. At times I thought I got changeup-happy."Jeremy Guthrie, making his first appearance of the spring, gave up two runs on five hits in three innings."I was able to throw my breaking ball for strikes," Guthrie said. "However, I played into their hand when I threw fastballs."Guthrie, who lost 17 games last season with Orioles is pitching in the NL for the first time."So far, I've been able to fit right in," Guthrie said. "It's a pretty easy group to fit into.Trailing 6-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Giants rallied for six runs in the next two innings.Tommy Joseph, a catcher, had two singles while Gregor Blanco, an outfielder had a single and double.New Giant Melky Cabrera continued his torrid hitting raising his spring average to .571 (8 for 14) by going 3 for 3. The outfielder had two homers on Tuesday against the Dodgers.
BAGGARLY: Bochy doesn't apologize after booting Angels scout
NOTES: An Angels scout taking notes during the Giants morning infield practice was ejected from Scottsdale Stadium at the request of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, according to CSNBayArea.com. Scout Jeff Schugel was removed from the stadium about 10:15 a.m. while the Giants were going through routine infield drills. Earlier this spring, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson had scouts removed while they were watching drills at Arizona's camp. ... On a back field, after Giants closer RHP Brian Wilson threw live BP to C Buster Posey and 2B Freddy Sanchez declared "that he was ready" to appear in a spring game. ... Dr. James Andrews told LHP Dan Runzler that he just aggravated his latissimus dorsi muscle - not re-torn it - and won't need surgery. Runzler tore the muscle during last season's final game. He should return in four to six weeks. ... Giants C Hector Sanchez missed practice with a right hamstring injury sustained during Tuesday's game.

Giants spring training Day 42: Blach still in the fifth starter mix

Giants spring training Day 42: Blach still in the fifth starter mix

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ty Blach is the young one in the race to be the fifth starter, but on Sunday he sounded like a veteran. Asked if he has gotten a hint one way or the other about his opening day role, Blach smiled.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day and trying to get better,” Blach said. “I’m enjoying the process and having fun.”

Smooth. 

Those days are adding up to a nice spring for Blach, the left-hander trying to unseat Matt Cain. While Bruce Bochy didn’t shed any additional light on the current lean, team officials hinted Sunday that this is not as open-and-shut as it seems. Matt Cain, who will start Tuesday, looked like a lock to be the fifth starter a week ago, but the Giants are considering all options because they have an off day during the first week and two more shortly thereafter. 

“We’ve had discussions every day,” Bochy said. “We’ve got some tough calls.”

The Giants are expected to announce their official rotation when they return home for the Bay Bridge Series. Whether he’s starting, long-relieving, or pitching in a completely new role, Blach has certainly done all he can to make sure he’s in the big leagues on April 2. He gave up two runs over six innings Sunday, walking one and striking out one while giving up seven hits. Blach has allowed 10 runs in 20 1/3 innings this spring, but four of those came when he was ambushed coming out of the bullpen one day.

“Wherever I’ll be, I know I’ll be in a good spot,” Blach said. “I’m just looking forward to getting the season rolling.

After pitching out of the bullpen most of the spring, Blach got his pitch count up to 85 on Sunday. 

“We’ve gotten him stretched out,” Bochy said. “That’s a solid, solid job. We’ve got guys stretched out where you want them. We’ve got some flexibility. We’ll see as we get close here which way we’ll go.”

POSITION BATTLES: The Giants will carry a backup for Denard Span, and for about a month it looked like Gorkys Hernandez would be that guy. But Hernandez has slumped so badly this spring that he went over the minor league facility Sunday to get a ton of extra at-bats, and Justin Ruggiano has emerged, reaching base in nine of his last 16 plate appearances. The plan a few days back was for Ruggiano to go to Sacramento and get 50 or so at-bats to see where he’s at, but this is another race that could change in the coming week. 

Cory Gearrin has done his part to hold off any charging relievers, throwing two sharp innings while going back-to-back for the first time this spring. 

FAMILIAR FACES: A rough day for a couple of longtime Giants. Ehire Adrianza and Gregor Blanco both have oblique injuries, hurting their odds of breaking with the Twins and Diamondbacks, respectively. Elsewhere, David Hernandez showed that he made a smart decision asking for his release. He was signed by the Braves. 

AROUND CAMP: Hunter Pence really does do all he can to make every single teammate feel welcome in the clubhouse. He spent some time with young right-hander Roberto Gomez on Sunday morning, learning a few Spanish phrases. When the players went out to warm up, Pence threw with Jae-Gyun Hwang. These are small gestures, but for the new guys, they matter. 

BARRY’S BACK: We all knew Barry Bonds would step into the cage at some point, and on a quiet Sunday morning, there he was. Bonds, 52, took about five or six easy hacks before crushing one out to deep right. He’s still got it. The other day, reporters asked Bonds if he could suit up in the WBC if asked. He said he can absolutely still hit, but he would need to DH and he would need a day or two off before games. Being a big league hitter is not easy, even if he always made it look that way.

 

Bonds dusts off swing, cracks home run during BP in Giants' camp

Bonds dusts off swing, cracks home run during BP in Giants' camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants knew Barry Bonds would step back into the box at some point. It happened Sunday, with Bonds taking a few cracks at BP pitches from Gary Davenport.

Bonds warmed up with a couple of lighter swings and then blasted a homer to deep right. That was enough, as the 52-year-old walked away with a big smile on his face. 

Bonds is in camp as a special instructor, and he still picks his spots to show off his legendary swing. When he was the Marlins' hitting coach last season, he beat slugger Giancarlo Stanton in an impromptu home run derby.