SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It was investors weekend at Scottsdale Stadium, which meant the Giants were going to lose. That’s been a running joke around here for years; for whatever reason, the Giants always tend to play poorly when the big money shows up to Scottsdale to watch.
“We like to put on a show for them every year,” manager Bruce Bochy joked.
Well, maybe they should all stick around a few days. On Monday, Matt Cain takes the mound for the first time since last July. On Wednesday, Tim Hudson will make his first start since ankle surgery. Hudson will get a boost, too, with Brandon Crawford (sore shoulder) set to debut at shortstop that day.
As some players got closer to the field, one headed for the trainer’s room. Catcher Hector Sanchez sprained his thumb when he got crossed up by a Jean Machi sinker on Saturday and is expected to miss two to four days. Sanchez was a late scratch from the 12-2 loss here, so Andrew Susac stayed at Scottsdale Stadium and Guillermo Quiroz took the short trip to Salt River Fields for a 10-5 Giants loss.
Quiroz homered over there.
“It was a bad trade I made today,” said Bochy, who watched the bigger loss.
Other news and notes from a twin-killing in Scottsdale …
STARTING OFF: Jake Peavy focused on sharpening his breaking ball, not results. Peavy gave up one run on three hits, but said his arm felt “quite a bit better than it did four days ago.” He struck out three straight over two innings, dropping one Godblessit.
FAMILIAR FACES: Big day for this portion of the daily recap. Cody Ross was here DHing for the Diamondbacks and had a sac fly and an RBI single. Darren Ford was one of the players brought over from minor league camp to fill out Giants rosters on a split-squad day, and The Bullet ranged a long way to make a diving catch in right-center in the sixth inning. The speed is still there.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Diamondbacks announced that Josh Collmenter will start against Madison Bumgarner on Opening Day.
LIGHTER SIDE: Brett Bochy gave up a run and loaded the bases in the sixth before the manager/father walked out to take the ball. As Bruce headed to the mound, many in the crowd grumbled and jokingly booed him for removing his own son. Pretty funny scene. Brett got a nice ovation as he walked off the mound.
NOTEWORTHY: Travis Ishikawa continued to swing a hot bat, going 2 for 4. The guy in front of him on the depth chart, Brandon Belt, was also 2 for 4, raising his spring average to .455 … Two more hits for Juan Perez, who has played well since Hunter Pence went down … Making his first start since Tommy John surgery, Mac Williamson hit a ball off the wall at Salt River Fields and hustled for a triple … Lefties Ty Blach and Travis Blackley got roughed up in the road game, giving up 10 combined earned runs. Curtis Partch was charged with three earned in the home game … Blackley was called up to big league camp because the Giants sent three pitchers down, and it turns out Josh Osich now has a locker here, too.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Joe Panik hustled over to get a ball that shot off Ishikawa’s glove, and he glove-flipped it over to first to nail Ender Inciarte by a couple inches. You all remember Panik’s most famous glove flip, but this one reminded me more of the play he made in his first big league start. That one also robbed Inciarte of a hit.
QUOTABLE: Remember how much fun Nedtober was? He had this to say of the way bees were taken off the field in the Royals/Angels game: "It was mass bee genocide.”