Saturday, April 04, 2015

Posey homers behind Cain's solid spring finale

That's the headline us Giants fans want to see two days before the season starts. Here's Chris Halft's recap for -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey's first homer of the spring combined with stifling pitching Friday night to give the Giants a 4-0 victory over the Oakland A's.
San Francisco, which lost its previous five spring games against the A's, limited them to four hits.
"Really, it was just a bad game for us overall," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been swinging the bats, we've been playing great defense, we've been getting good pitching. We just didn't play a very good game today."

Posey opened the scoring with a three-run, first-inning homer off A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Posey's drive to straightaway center field was preceded by a pair of Oakland fielding errors, as shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Eric Sogard bobbled grounders. Those miscues made all of the runs unearned.
"That's a situation where I've got to pick up my defense," said Graveman, who finished the spring with a 0.36 ERA in six starts. "They're battling out there for me. Two tough plays. ... It's somewhere I've got to make a pitch to Posey. I can't do that, I can't give that up. That's on me. I've got to find a way to get another ground ball."
Giants starter Matt Cain blanked Oakland on three hits through four innings. An elevated pitch count of 79 hastened Cain's removal. The right-hander made his first appearance at AT&T Park since his final outing of 2014 -- a six-inning Interleague victory over Oakland last July 9. About a month later, Cain underwent surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow.
"That felt really good to get back in this whole atmosphere," Cain said.


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