Giants 8, Mariners 4
San Francisco pitcher Kevin Pucetas continued his spotless
spring by retiring all nine Seattle hitters he faced and outfielder
Andres Torres homered, doubled and scored three times for a Giants
split squad that beat the Mariners 8-4 Saturday.
Pucetas has turned it around from last spring when he had an
8.04 ERA and allowed 41 base runners in 15-plus innings. He has
back-to-back, three-inning scoreless starts and has allowed just
three hits in seven scoreless innings this spring.
“A year in Triple-A really helped me develop and mature as a
player,” Pucetas said. “I know what to expect now and I saw what
it takes to be successful. I think I’m a calmer guy.”
Seattle starter Doug Fister needed 61 pitches to get through his
three innings, allowing six hits, although one of three Seattle
errors led to three unearned runs in the first inning.
“He started the game with two broken bats (for singles) and
then an error, so that’s three runs,” Seattle manager Don
Wakamatsu said. “The ground is so hard down here and it’s tough on
the fielders. You’d like to play on a regular major league field
instead of a tarmac.”
Torres homered off Fister in the second, walked and scored in
the fourth and doubled home a run before scoring in the eighth.
It was a tough day for the Mariner regulars, who managed just
Jose Lopez got the first hit with a one-out double in the
fourth. Reserve Michael Saunders had a two-run homer during a
three-run Seattle ninth.
Chone Figgins, attempting to make the transition to second base
with the Mariners, had two errors within a span of three batters in
the eighth inning. Outfielder Eric Byrnes’ headfirst slide on a
fifth-inning double came well short of the bag and left him with
nasty scrapes on his chin and forearms.
“I just head-butted second base,” Byrnes said. “I took off
(too) soon, but I hit the dirt out there and just stuck. The field
is pretty hard out there. But it’s not the first time I’ve done
something like that and I promise you it won’t be the last. I
continue to amaze myself every time I take the baseball
Reserve Michael Saunders had a two-run homer during a three-run
Seattle ninth and Guillermo Quiroz had two hits, including an RBI
NOTES: Seattle pitcher Erik Bedard, on the comeback trail from
bursa and labrum surgery on his left elbow last August, threw from
120 feet for an extended period Saturday and is on track for his
first bullpen session in about a week. Bedard wasn’t expected back
until midseason at the earliest but his progress has fueled
optimism that he could return earlier. … “Some people are saying
I’m ahead of schedule but I’m taking it day by day right now,”
Bedard said. “We have to go through the progression – bullpens,
simulated games – and everything has to stay on course.” … The
Mariners reduced their spring roster to 51 by assigning infielders
Tommy Everidge and Brad Nelson, and outfielders Greg Halman Michael
Wilson to their minor league camp. Everidge had two hits in five
at-bats this spring, including a grand slam. … Giants second
baseman Juan Uribe forgot his game jersey, so he wore No. 81
instead of his normal No. 5. … Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will
make his spring debut Sunday in Tucson against the Colorado Rockies
and will be limited to 50 pitches.