SAN FRANCISCO -- Perhaps it was the sellout crowd at AT&T Park or the low scoring nature of the game, but the Giants' 3-1 exhibition win over the visiting Oakland A's had a distinct regular season feel.
Barry Zito was sharp in his final tune-up before next Friday’s home opener against St. Louis. The lefty allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings, gave up three hits and struck out one. He walked three but didn’t let it bite him. He did a nice job working out of the fourth. Derek Norris’ sacrifice fly gave the A’s a 1-0 lead, but with a runner on second, Zito caught Nate Freiman looking on a fastball to end the threat. He finished an impressive spring with a 2.70 ERA over six starts.
Nice night overall. Chad Gaudin, who made the team as the long reliever, relieved Zito in the sixth and retired both batters he faced. After Chris Young stole third base against him, he snapped off a slider that got Derek Norris looking to end it. Javier Lopez set the A’s down in order in the seventh and struck out two, then Santiago Casilla followed with a scoreless eighth. Sergio Romo looked sharp in nailing down the save.
At the plate
It was quite a night for roster hopeful Nick Noonan, who started at third base and singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth. He then led off the bottom of the eighth with a triple and scored on Angel Pagan’s single. Blanco scored the Giants’ other run with a triple. Pablo Sandoval, who drew a start at D.H. to test his right elbow, went 0 for 2 with a lineout and a grounder to short.
In the field
It was an errorless game, though left fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Chris Young’s low liner and the ball got past him for a double in the eighth inning. Solid game defensively, otherwise.
A sellout crowd of 42,808 was announced, giving the night a regular-season feel.
Ryan Vogelsong will oppose Oakland’s Dan Straily in a 1:05 p.m. game Saturday at O.co Coliseum to close the exhibition season.