Reds 10, Giants 2
Given another chance to make the Cincinnati Reds’ opening-day
roster, Jeff Francis responded with his best outing of the
Francis allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings and
the Reds routed the San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Saturday.
”That was big time right there,” Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Francis’ future with the Reds appeared in doubt Monday, when he
yielded 11 runs and 11 hits in three innings against the Texas
Rangers. The left-hander could have opted out of his minor league
contract if he hadn’t been added to the Reds’ 25-man roster by
Thursday but elected to remain with the club.
”It was better,” Francis said. ”I talked to (pitching coach)
Bryan (Price) after (the last game) and I had better pitch
selection early on. It got me in a better groove. Going seven
innings is a sign that I’m ready for the season, wherever it
Cincinnati has only 12 healthy pitchers remaining in camp and,
while the final makeup of the rotation appears in doubt, Francis
most likely will start the season in the back end of the
”I’m not worry about where I’m going to pitch,” Francis said.
”I’m just trying to get people out. They haven’t said anything to
me yet. I’ve only relieved one outing in my career but I am ready
to do it.”
Francis gave up a one-out single to Melky Cabrera in the first
and then retired 15 consecutive batters before hitting Brett Pill
with a pitch with two outs in the sixth.
”We didn’t seem to have very many good swings,” said Giants
manager Bruce Bochy. ”That’s what disappointed me. I know
everybody’s excited to get the season started. But our heads were
San Francisco finally scored against Francis in the seventh when
Buster Posey walked with one out and Joaquin Arias hit his second
home run in as many games against the Reds.
The Giants rolled through the major and minor league bullpens on
Saturday. Guillermo Mota started and threw two hitless innings and
was followed by Jeremy Affeldt, Mitch Lively, Steve Edlefsen,
Santiago Casilla, Wilmin Rodriguez and Jean Machi.
Joey Votto doubled and scored for the Reds, his third extra-base
hit of the spring. Scott Rolen added a pair of hits and drove in
”That’s important going into the season, having the guys feel
good offensively,” said Baker, whose club has won four of five.
”It’s good to keep winning on the way out. We had a rough stretch
in the middle but we’re back in sync.”
NOTES: Baker was listing his starters for reporters on Saturday
morning and pointedly left RHP Mike Leake off the list. Leake could
be optioned to Triple-A if Baker elects to start the season with
only 11 pitchers. . Giants RHP Clay Hensley had an MRI Saturday on
his strained right calf but also played catch. . Reds RHP Mat
Latos, who left Monday’s start against the Chicago Cubs with a
strained left calf, will start Sunday for Cincinnati against RHP
Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox. . Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong
pitched three innings in a Triple-A game earlier Saturday, giving
up two runs – one earned – on four hits with two strikeouts.
Vogelsong was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to
March 27 with a strained back. . Bochy said LHP Barry Zito,
originally scheduled to pitch against the A’s on Wednesday in the
finale of the Bay Bridge exhibition series, instead will remain in
Arizona to continue working on his delivery in minor league camp.
Zito started for San Francisco on Friday and allowed five runs on
seven hits in three innings. . Posey, who caught eight innings on
Friday night, started at first base. Bochy said Posey may start
regular-season games at first in order to get an extra right-handed
bat in the lineup. . The Giants’ pitching returns to normal Sunday
as RHP Tim Lincecum faces Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo in a matchup
of opening day starters.