Giants 9, Reds 5
Barry Zito and Bronson Arroyo each left their starts thinking
they have more work to do before the start of the season.
Some Giants youngsters had a good time all around.
Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1-3 innings and Arroyo gave
up one earned run in four, and the San Francisco Giants beat the
Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Wednesday.
Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an
outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a
2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series.
”My first and last inning my timing felt pretty good but the
middle innings it was hit and miss. I’ve got work to do,” Zito
said. ”The extra week is good. It is better to get the fatigue
Bruce Bochy would like Zito to be a little more consistent.
”Zito was not quite as consistent with his command,” Bochy
said. ”He threw some great pitches but he missed pretty good on
some pitches, too, but overall it was a pretty good outing for
Reds right-hander Arroyo’s throwing error on a bunt by former
teammate Wilson Valdez allowed a run to score. Arroyo yielded four
”It is hard play to duplicate that in practice,” Arroyo said.
”It’s a play that you’ll have maybe three times in a season. It is
good to get it in now.”
Arroyo won a Gold Glove in 2010.
”I’ve never seen Bronson throw the ball away like that,” Dusty
Baker said. ”He’s one of the best.”
Arroyo needed extra work in the bullpen after he left the game
because of a low pitch count. The 36-year old has pitched more than
200 innings in seven of the last eight seasons.
”My innings went too quickly,” Arroyo said. ”I only had 45
pitches through four innings. I had to go to the bullpen and throw
15 more. This spring is a week longer and that’s good for pitchers.
We should get up to 100 pitches before we leave. There’s nothing
worse than losing a game you should have won early in the season
because you only got to 80 pitches once in spring training.”
Chris Heisey, the Reds fourth outfielder and top pinch hitter,
homered off Javier Lopez to tie the game at 3. It was his first of
The young Giants hitters broke the game open with six runs in
the top of the eighth against Reds’ prospect Pedro Villarreal.
Ricky Oropesa, the Giants third pick in the 2011 draft homered
off Villarreal. Jaun Perez followed with his first home run of the
spring. Johnny Monnel, a left-handed hitting catcher, hit two
”Overall our kids swung the bats good,” Bochy said. ”Johnny
has been hitting the ball since he got here. You want these guys to
draw some attention to themselves.”
The Reds’ pitching was good until the end.
”Everybody threw the ball well until the eighth,” Baker said.
”Villarreal has been hit hard. It is hard to sit on your hands and
watch but he has to get his work in. He is better than that. He’s a
fine young man.”
Andres Torres left in the top of the third after being thrown
out trying to stretch a double into a triple. Torres had flulike
NOTES: 1B Brandon Belt has four home runs this spring, leading
the Giants. He leads the Giants with a .417 average. … Giants OF
Francisco Peguero was 1 for 3. He is second on the team to Belt
with a .408 batting average (minimum 20 at-bats). Giants designated
hitter, Johnny Monell, hit two doubles. … Reds Billy Hamilton is
out with a tight hamstring. Hamilton is a non-roster invitee. He
stole a professional record 155 bases last season. … Reds
starting pitchers have not allowed a home run in 39 2/3