Wednesday, March 3
Giants at the plate: Pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman dumped a run-scoring single into left field in the 10th inning to put the Giants ahead to stay. First baseman Aubrey Huff capped a three-run first-inning uprising with a two-run home run in his first at-bat of Cactus League season. Fred Lewis delivered a run-scoring triple in the rally. Nate Schierholtz hit a run-scoring single in the third inning to give the Giants their second lead of the game. Shortstop Emmanuel Burriss scorched a two-run double to left field. Center fielder Aaron Rowand singled twice, scored two runs and drove in one.
Mariners at the plate: Outfielder Michael Saunders hit a one-out double in the ninth inning, setting up the tying runs and sending the opener into extra innings. Third baseman Jose Lopez and first baseman Casey Kotchman hit run-scoring singles in the first inning off Giants ace right-hander Tim Lincecum. Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error and singled in his third at-bat of the spring. Matt Tuiasosopo, who batted .424 last spring, started this one off with a run-scoring double.
Giants on the mound: Two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum surrendered three runs in the first inning. An error and consecutive walks loaded the bases with none out. A sacrifice fly and two singles produced the runs. Lincecum faced eight batters in his one-inning stint. Left-hander Maddison Bumgarner tossed two scoreless innings in his debut, surrendering two singles.
Mariners on the mound: Right-handed starter Doug Fister had a rocky first inning, surrendering three runs on three hits including a home run, but bounced back in the second, striking out all three batters he faced. Right-hander David Pauley worked a perfect inning of relief, striking out one. Minor League pitcher Kenn Kasparek walked the bases loaded with none out in the 10th inning and absorbed the loss.
Cactus League records: Giants 1-0, Mariners, 0-1.
Worth noting: Ichiro went into the Cactus League opener with a .353 career average. He was 184-for-521 since joining the Mariners in the spring of 2001. Single-game tickets for Mariners home games go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on March 13. For more information, visit the Mariners' Web site. The Mariners have now lost 12 of their past 13 Cactus League openers.
The "senior" citizen among Giants in terms of tenure is pitcher Matt Cain. His five seasons rank ahead of infielder Kevin Frandsen, Lewis and right-hander Brian Wilson. They are beginning their fourth season in San Francisco.
What's next: The Mariners begin a four-game series against the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Peoria Stadium with the annual Charity Game at 12:05 p.m. PT. It is the first time since the charity series started in 1996 that the result counts in the Cactus League standings. It also will be the first time in franchise history that the Mariners play anyone in a four-game spring series.
Thursday's Giants matchup against Milwaukee could be more emotional than the average Spring Training game. Last Sept. 6, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder ended the final Giants-Brewers game of the season with a 12th-inning home run that prompted a choreographed celebration at home plate. The Giants regarded Fielder's act as disrespectful and hinted at retribution. All of this is moot if Fielder doesn't make the trip to Scottsdale. But the Giants, like most players who feel they've been wronged, have long memories.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less