Scottsdale, Ariz. – In split squad action today the Giants dropped both contests, losing a 6-4 contest to the A’s at Scottsdale Stadium and then falling to the Cubs at Mesa by a 3-2 count in 10 innings.
In the home contest, SF plated 4 runs in the 8th after Aubrey Huff hit a 3-run homer, but it wasn’t enough to catch the A’s, who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants and took the loss, tossing 2.0 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits. Dan Runzler entered in relief and proceeded to toss 3.0-scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts while allowing 1 hit.
Huff finished the game going 2-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBI. Cody Ross and Buster Posey both finished the day going 1-for-4 with a single apiece.
At Mesa, the Giants lost in extra innings as minor league pitcher Josh Banks allowed the game-winning run, giving up 2 hits and a walk. The Giants only mustered 5 hits, including an RBI single from Mike Fontenot in the 1st inning to put the Giants on the board. Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 and Eli Whiteside collected the only extra base hit for SF with a double.
Shane Loux started and went 3.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Casey Daigle allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 1.1 innings and Felix Romero tossed a scoreless 6th.
Tomorrow, the Giants host the Colorado Rockies at Scottsdale Stadium with RHP Tim Lincecum (3-0, 2.55) facing RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 3.75).
Phoenix, Ariz. – The Giants lost to their cross-bay rival Athletics 6-0 in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,330 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium today. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants and threw 3.0 innings while allowing 1 run (0 earned) on 2 hits to suffer his 2nd loss of the spring.