The Giants are currently 2-2 in Cactus League play, so feel free to be pleased or horrified by that as you see fit. No one has blown up yet, so I’m calling it a success so far. More importantly, they beat the Dodgers today, and I don’t care if it’s a meaningless Spring Training game or not, that always feels good.
A few tidbits from that victory over the Dodgers from this afternoon:
- Barry Zito made his first start of the spring, throwing two innings with reportedly good location and command, at least enough to strike out Matt Kemp on three pitches. His velocity was clocked at 81-83mph, but there seem to be some questions about how accurate that reading was, so it may have been more like 84-86mph.
- Melky Cabrera’s bid to endear himself to Giants fans certainly got a big boost. Cabrera hit a home run from both sides of the plate today, his first time facing the Dodgers in a Giants uniform.
- Potential closer of the future Heath Hembree saw some action today, and apparently did a good job of inducing some Cody Ross style bat tosses. Bay City Ball has some gifs.
In other news, Dan Runzler apparently got reassuring news from Dr. James Andrews. Runzler will likely not be ready until sometime the second half of April, but will not require surgery to repair the re-aggravated injury to his left lat.
And, because no news update would be complete without Buster Posey, San Francisco’s most beloved son was running the bases today, at about 60-70% of normal, including touching the bases and taking the curves going first to third and second to home. Progress, if nothing else, is always a good sign.