Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sixth Homer for Hunter

It looks like he's back. The pitching, not so much. Chris Haft of describes a 16-14 loss to the Cubs.

The Cubs sent 13 batters to the plate in their big fifth. Dexter Fowler's two-run single and Kris Bryant's two-run triple did the most to fuel the uprising.
Chicago's outburst erased San Francisco's 11-5 edge that featured more productive hitting from Hunter Pence, who hit his sixth home run in nine games and contributed a single to a five-run first inning. He went 2-for-3, hoisting his exhibition batting average to .500.
Pence's first-inning single was the last of four consecutive hits allowed by Arrieta, who left the game after working one-third of an inning due to a blister on his right thumb. Arrieta was "frustrated" that he couldn't go longer in what was a marquee spring confrontation between pitching aces.
"You have to view them as one of the top contenders as well as some other teams around the league, along with a couple in the National League West," Arrieta said of the Giants. "We'll play a lot of great teams this year. It's frustrating to not be more involved tonight because I was looking forward to this. It was a fun game to be part of. I'm more excited about not allowing this to get past a point of uncertainty as far as having to deal with an open blister, so that's a benefit there for me. I think we're fine."


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