ST Notebook: Giants Top Mariners

Gregor Blanco's spark and the bats of Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford lead the way for the Giants in a win over the Mariners. Final Score: Giants 7, Mariners 5.


--OF Gregor Blanco did a fantastic job out of the leadoff spot, yet again displaying his ability to get on base, his tremendous speed, and his highly aggressive and intelligent base running. Blanco hit a chopper over the first baseman's head to lead off the game and, as soon as the right fielder made the slightest bobble, Blanco took second easily. The speedy outfielder advanced to third on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Belt, then scored the first run of the game on a seed in the gap off the bat of Brett Pill.

--IF Brandon Belt continued to sting the ball, lacing a line drive for a single in the third inning. In the sixth frame, Brandon came up just short of a homer to right, ending up with a double after Mike Wilson was unable to field it cleanly. Belt smoked a liner past the first baseman for his third hit of the ball game, an RBI single in the seventh.

--OF Nate Schierholtz had an RBI single in the sixth, plating Brandon Belt to tie the game at two.

--IF Brandon Crawford then blasted his first home run of the spring, a two-run job off of the tough lefty Kuo, giving the Giants a 4-2 lead.

--RHP Shane Loux struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, but not before allowing a run on just one hit.

--IF Freddy Sanchez had a nice night, his first multi-hit game of the spring.

--OF Justin Christian lined a double over the center fielder's head with one out in the seventh. Christian was robbed of extra bases in the top of the eighth on a phenomenal play by Seattle third baseman Vinnie Catricala.

--OF Roger Kieschnick smoked a line-drive single back up the middle in that seventh frame, plating two runs for the Giants.

--RHP Heath Hembree picked up his first save of the spring, retiring the side in order in the ninth and striking out one. Hembree's fastball was consistently 91-93 MPH -- not quite the overpowering upper nineties heater we've been hearing about.


--IF Conor Gillaspie hasn't done too much to impress this spring, going hitless again against the Mariners. Gillaspie is hitting just .208 so far.

--RHP Steve Edlefsen walked the first two batters he faced, then allowed a single to the third. The 26-year-old did manage to limit the damage relatively well however, allowing two runs before getting out of the jam.

--C Hector Sanchez had some problems defensively, allowing a passed ball followed by a wild pitch from Shane Loux -- which perhaps could have been blocked by Sanchez -- gave the Mariners their third run in the bottom of the sixth.


The Giants will head to HoHoKam Park to take on Matt Garza (1-1, 16.20 ERA) and the Cubs. The Giants will send lefty Eric Surkamp (1-1, 6.14 ERA) to the mound.

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