SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The San Francisco Giants split squad that stayed home beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7 on Saturday thanks to home runs from Pablo Sandoval and Adam Duvall and a strong start from Yusmeiro Petit.
Petit was filling in for Tim Lincecum, scratched in the morning with a blister on his middle finger, and gave Bruce Bochy three shutout innings. He gave up just one hit, an infield single to Brian Bogusevic, walked none and struck out one.
“He threw great,” Giants manger Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic. “He knows what he’s doing; he really hit his spots.”
After Sandoval’s shot to right on a well-placed breaking ball low and inside put the Giants up 1-0, Petit gave way to Jeremy Affeldt, who had a brief and ugly outing. Affeldt started with a strikeout of Darwin Barney, but it was the last out he recorded. Former Giant Nate Schierholtz worked the first of three straight walks against Affeldt, prompting a mound visit. The pep talk didn’t work, however, as Affeldt gave up back-to-back singles before giving way to Jake Dunning with the Giants down 3-1.
The Giants responded to the Cubs’ three-run fourth with a four-spot in the bottom half of the frame. Brett Pill started the rally with a one-out single and Gregor Blanco did the most damage with a two-run triple.
The Giants’ bullpen allowed four more Chicago runs, one each charged to Dan Runzler in the sixth and Scott Proctor in the eighth. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning between the young lefty and the veteran righty and Jean Machi allowed two more runs in the ninth to raise his spring ERA to 6.00.
The shaky work from Bochy’s relievers didn’t come back to hurt the Giants thanks to two insurance runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.
After a slow start to the spring, Kensuke Tanaka collected his second hit of the afternoon in the sixth and came around to score on Duvall’s home run to right-centerfield.
The two-run rally in the eighth started with back-to-back singles by Johnny Monell and Blanco. Two batters later, Guillermo Quiroz doubled to right to collect two RBI.
Buster Posey singled in three at-bats to raise his spring average to .286 before giving way to Quiroz and Hunter Pence went 1-for-2 with a double.