Been down talking to Carlos Silva, who yielded two runs on five hits in his two innings of work. But Silva doesn’t feel that being one of three Venezuelan starters at the upcoming World Baseball Classic will hamper his progress this spring.
Silva said he felt strong today, despite the plethora of hits. His main goal was to spot his fastball on both sides of the plate. It was a four-seamer that Fred Lewis deposited two-thirds of the way up the berm in right field back in the first inning, I asked Silva whether he was still having trouble getting enough spin on his pitches in the dry Arizona air and he confirmed that it’s still a struggle, He was doing all he could tp get his fingertips sweaty enough so the ball wouldn’t feel too slick.
Click here for some Silva audio on the WBC.
The Mariners just scored three runs in the eighth to take a 6-4 lead, with Adam Moore driving in the go-ahead marker on a single to left, followed by another RBI single from Prentice Redman. Chris Woodward had started the inning off with a solo homer to left field.
Seattle scored three in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead, but San Francisco notched a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings to go up 4-3.
By the way, Giants starter Barry Zito fanned Ronny Cedeno in the first inning. Cedeno was the second batter faced by Zito this spring, Last spring, Zito didn’t notch a strikeout until facing his 73rd hitter.
12:24 p.m.: Carlos Silva is looking in mid-season form. Mid-season 2008, that is. Not the kind of outing the big, er, smaller man was looking for ahead of his WBC stint with Team Venezuela.
Silva retired the first two batters he faced in the first inning, then yielded a monster home run to right on the very first pitch he threw to Fred Lewis — a lefty. Silva had his share of struiggles versus lefties last year and Lewis absolutely crushed him. Want an idea of where it landed? Check out the photo below. See the guy in the cap, blue shirt and blue shorts standing at the rear in the concourse area? Right in front of him.
The part of the outfield fence the ball sailed far over actually has an advertisement with a picture of Homer Simpson on it. Part of a “Hit a Homer” ad. You could almost hear Silva go “D’oh!” as the ball left the park.
Two more singles later, he was finally out of the first inning. Then came the second frame, where Silva gave up a single to left Nate Schierholtz and then a run-scoring double down the left field line to Juan Uribe. So, make it 2-0 for the Giants after two innings. q