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Friday, February 24, 2017

Giants Come Back Beats Reds In Cactus League Opener

The San Francisco Giants rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Reds 6-4 in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

Chris Marrero hit a three-run home run off Kevin Shakelford to lift the Giants over the Reds’ who led from start of the game by scoring two runs off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Shakelford walked Orlando Calixte to start the ninth.  Christian Arroyo singled Calixte to third and both trotted home on Marrero’s blast to left.

The Reds jumped on a rusty Bumgarner in the first inning. Arismendy Alcantara doubled with one out.  Scott Schebler moved Alcantara to third with a ground ball to second.  Adam Duvall, a former Giant walked and stole secondbase.  Jesse Winker was hit by a pitch.  Patrick Kivelhan singled to left to score Alcantara and Duvall.

Rookie Davis the Reds’ starting pitcher gave up a single to Joe Panik and a two-out double to Hunter Pence.

“It was a breaking ball,” Davis said.  “I missed my spot on a couple, resulting in hits. I threw a breaking ball to Pence. It just fluttered in there. It didn’t have any conviction behind it. With one strike it’s got to be down in the zone.”

The Reds got that run back against Roberto Gomez.  Tony Renda tripled to open the inning.  Zach Vincej hit a line drive back to the mound that Gomez gloved for the out.  Leadoff hitter Jose Peraza singled to score Renda.

Sal Ramano followed Davis to the mound.  He allowed a hit and walked two but struck out three in his two inning stint. 

‘Both guys were  very aggressive and just pounded the strike zone with the fastball and a mix of their breaking ball,” Bryan Price said.  “Romano walked a couple guys but it wasn’t because he was trying to be too fine.  All in all I was pleased with their first outing of the spring. We had some good at bats. Certainly Kivlehan driving in the two runs in the first inning.  Renda going to right center for the triple.  Brandon Dixon had two good at bats with nothing to show for it.”

The Giants scored a run off Wandy Peralta in the fifth.  Veteran Gordon Beckham singled following a walk to Jimmy Rollins.  Marrero, who had four RBI in the game singled to score Rollins.

The Reds extended their lead in the seventh against Cory Gearrin.  Aristedes Aquino singled to score Hernan Iribarren, who singled and advanced on a walk to Gabriel Guerrero.  Phillip Ervin hit a line drive to Beckham at secondbase, who flipped to Marrero to double Aquino off firstbase.

Lucal Luetge threw two wild pitches to allow the Giants to close within a run. He also allowed doubles to Wynton Bernard and Steven Duggar.

The Reds got scoreless pitching performances from Barrett Astin; one inning, one hit, two strikeouts, and Alejandro Chacin, one hitless inning
On Saturday;

LHP Amir Garrett will start of the Reds against Ryan Merritt and the Cleveland Indians.

RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP Austin Brice, RHP Jumbo Diaz and RHP Jackson Stephens will follow Garrett for the Reds.

LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Mike Clevinger, RHP Joe Colon, RHP Shawn Armstrong, RHP Steve Delabar, RHP Perci Garner and LHP James Russell will pitch for the Indians.

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