Giants 12, Diamondbacks 6
With Brandon Webb still making his way back from right shoulder
surgery, it puts even more emphasis on the acquisition of
right-hander Edwin Jackson from Detroit as part of a three-way
trade that included the New York Yankees.
Jackson, who already had been announced as the No. 2 starter
behind right-hander Dan Haren, looked solid in his return to the
National League on Saturday, giving up two hits and striking out a
batter in two scoreless innings against San Francisco.
The Giants used a nine-run fifth and went on to a 12-6 victory
at Scottsdale Stadium over Arizona. Outfielder John Bowker provided
the big hit with a three-run home run.
Jackson, who recently signed a two-year, $13.5 million deal,
said he felt pretty good for his first start.
“I was around the plate for the most part,” said Jackson, who
was 13-9 in his only season with Detroit after three seasons with
Tampa Bay and three with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I used my
slider and change-up, my full arsenal. … I wanted to see how it
As for pitching well in front of his new team, Jackson said,
“I’m not trying to impress anybody right now. I’m trying to get my
work in and get ready for the season.
“They (opponents) are still trying to figure me out and I’m
trying to figure them out. It’s a game of cat and mouse.”
On the Giants side, manager Bruce Bochy was pleased with the
first spring effort by his starter, left-hander Jonathan
After a season in which he threw a no-hitter against San Diego
on July 10, Sanchez pitched two shutout innings, giving up three
hits, three walks and striking out three.
“He threw well,” Bochy said. “When he missed the strike zone,
he was close. He was inconsistent with some of his secondary
pitches, but it was still a good outing.”
Bowker’s home run in the fifth, and a two-run shot by shortstop
prospect Brandon Crawford in the eighth, were an indication of some
of the Giants’ young talent.
“Our young players are carrying themselves well. They are
comfortable and confident,” Bochy said.
Arizona center fielder Chris Young did not have a good comfort
level in 2009. He hit just .212 and was sent to Triple-A Reno for
He was the bright spot for the Diamondbacks on Saturday with
three hits: a bunt single, a two-run double and a solo home
“It feels good to get that first hit. My focus is to get good
at-bats,” Young said. “The bunt …. I’m trying to use my speed
more, use everything – power, speed and play good defense.”
Notes: Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss will be out at least
four weeks after breaking the same bone in his left foot earlier
this week that he did a year ago, when he was limited to 61 games.
… A few injuries and the split-squad games forced Bochy to use a
couple of pitchers as pinch-hitters against Arizona and had young
catcher Buster Posey playing first base for the first time. … Cy
Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is scheduled for his second start
on Sunday against Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz. … Right-hander
Ian Kennedy, acquired by Arizona from the Yankees in the three-team
deal, will make his first start against Colorado.