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March 4, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Giants 5, Mariners 0, top of 4th

Boy, this one’s getting out of hand in a hurry. Jorge Campillo looked like he’d work out of trouble after a leadoff single by Ryan Klesko to start the third. Campillo got Bengi Molina and Randy Winn to pop out, but then saw Mark Sweeney line one into the right field corner. The only thing that kept a run from scoring was that Klesko runs the way I do with a potato sack on and my feet encased in cement blocks. Didn’t matter though, since Kevin Frandsen battled Campillo before bouncing a ball through the right side of the infield to score two more runs.
Of greater concern to me is how listless the M’s look offensively. I know it’s early, believe me, I’ve done this spring training thing for a decade. But this team has a lot to prove offensively this season. So far, the situational hitting, baserunning and even the ability to get on-base has been lousy. I’d like to see more hitters battling at the plate. Anyway, going to talk to Weaver.
WEAVER LACKS TIMING
Turns out, Jeff Weaver has been working on using his legs more to take the pressure off his shoulder when he pitches. He’s only done it for one bullpen session — after several discussions with pitching coach Rafael Chaves and a look at video of him pitching last season and now. That new approach had Weaver’s timing all messed up and is what he blames for today’s effort, in which he threw 50 pitches and landed only 24 for strikes.
‘You could tell everything was up,” he said. “When I’m up in the zone like that, you can tell it has something to do with timing.”
Still no timing for Seattle at the plate, wasting a leading walk by Raul Ibanez in the fourth. Richie Sexson grounded into a 5-4-3 double play and Wladimir (love that name) Balentien flied out.
Still 5-0 for the Giants, heading into the fifth.

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