Exhibition Game #2: Game Recap

On a sunny Saturday by the bay, some of the Giants starters were given the day off. This wasn't a factor, as the Giants, with good at bats and great base running, produce a win against the Oakland Athletics.

Despite Felipe Alou giving the day off to several of his starters, the San Francisco Giants still managed to take on the Oakland Atheletics in an exciting game, winning 8-4 in the Saturday exhibition game.

The starting pitcher, right-hander Ryan Jensen, went for 5 innings giving up 8 hits (one, which was a lead off homerun by Mark Ellis), allowing 3 runs to score and striking out 3.

Mark Mulder retired the first nine San Francisco Giants, until giving up a single to former A, Ray Durham. Barry Bonds would soon come up to the plate and hit his tenth homer of spring training.

Giants closer Robb Nen worked, not the ninth inning, but the sixth inning. This was the first time he pitched agasint major league hitters after his should surgery. He struck out one and also allowed a solo homer to Eric Byrnes. He may not have been throwing his best, but it was still good as he was throwing at 91 mph.

In the sixth, Marvin Benard shined. After being walked, Benard stole second. Then later stole home. This was possibly just a taste of the baserunning we will see in the season, something that Alou had spoke of repeatedly.

Yorvit Torrealba continues his impressive preseason, as he went 3-4 with 4 RBIs.


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