Giants 2, Rangers 1
Facing a lineup packed with big leaguers helped San Francisco
Giants Madison Bumgarner get a bit of a regular-season feel.
Bumgarner pitched four-hit ball for four innings and struck out
four in the Giants’ 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
”It went pretty good,” said Bumgarner, who went 16-11 with a
3.37 ERA last year. ”I was happy with it. I said before, each time
is a step in the right direction and each time has been a little
Bumgarner, who had not thrown more than two innings in three
prior starts, walked Lance Berkman in the first and gave up a
double to Mitch Moreland in the second before retiring the final
eight batters he faced.
The only two Texas starters absent were shortstop Elvis Andrus,
who just returned from Puerto Rico where he played for Venezuela in
the World Baseball Classic, and right fielder Nelson Cruz, who
remains with the Dominican Republic’s WBC team.
”It’s getting to the time now, the end of spring, when want to
get more game ready instead of just working on stuff,” Bumgarner
said. ”You want know you’re able to get guys out heading into the
Bumgarner’s outing was far less eventful than Texas starter Yu
Darvish’s third start.
Darvish retired six of the first seven batters he faced but
struggled a bit in the third. The right-hander allowed infield
singles to Kensuke Tanaka and Tony Abreu before Hunter Pence laced
a hard double into the left-field corner to give San Francisco a
It was the first run Darvish had allowed this spring.
”For two innings he had a snap-dragon slider and a lot of pop
on his fastball,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. ”He just
threw a lot of pitches in the third inning and got his pitch count
Mike Olt, an infielder playing right field for Texas, closed out
Darvish’s outing with a diving catch of a line drive by Buster
”I’ve been trying new things,” said Darvish, who allowed five
hits and struck out five in 3 2-3 innings. ”The hit to Pence and
the hit to right, those are pitches I don’t normally try during the
season but I wanted to try new things and they got hit off me. But
it was good to try new things.”
Darvish said he’s also experimented with a split-finger fastball
this spring. Such experimentation comes as a result of being more
comfortable with his place in Rangers camp.
”Compared to last year I think I’m enjoying this a lot more,”
Darvish said. ”Last year I pressured myself to get outs. This
year, I’m trying new things and enjoying the atmosphere a lot
Pence struck again in the fifth, following Nick Noonan’s triple
to right-center off Rangers closer Joe Nathan with a triple to
”(Nathan) got the ball down after that,” Washington said.
”Those two pitches were up. He certainly knew what he had to do to
get outs, and that was get the ball down.”
NOTES: San Francisco will play host to Japan in a scrimmage
Thursday at 1 p.m. at Scottsdale Stadium. . The Giants lead the NL
with 12 triples in 16 games. San Francisco led the majors with 57
triples, the first time the Giants topped that category since 1973.
. Rangers SS Jurickson Profar told the Dallas Morning News he hopes
to join the Netherlands’ WBC squad before the second round of games
begin. . Giants RHP Tim Lincecum, sidelined his past two starts
because of a blister on the middle finger of right hand, will
return to action Tuesday night against San Diego. . Rangers 3B
Adrian Beltre, 4 for 16 this spring after returning from a strained
right calf, said Monday he would not play for the Dominican
Republic in the second round of the WBC. . Texas LHP Matt Harrison,
scratched from his start Saturday with an inflamed toe on his left
foot, will throw two innings in a ”B” game Tuesday.