Here’s the boxscore of what was a pretty wild game as the Giants beat the Mariners 13-6, dropping Seattle to 13-5-2 on the spring.
Most relevant might have been the start of James Paxton, who wasn’t exactly tidy in throwing 75 pitches in four innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two earned.
But it was also pretty windy and a hard field, with a grew ground balls getting through for hits that likely wouldn’t at Safeco Field.
Manager Lloyd McClendon said he liked the way Paxton fought through the conditions.
“I think that’s important as a pitcher,” he said. “You are not going to always have your best stuff every time you go out there. You’ve got to be able to pitch when you don’t have your best stuff. I thought he battled pretty good, made some good pitches. Obviously the first inning, the (area around the) plate was extremely hard. One hops bouncing almost to the outfield, so that was unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.”
Paxton also took a liner off his left leg in the second inning but said he was fine, joking that his old hockey history came into play there. “I was joking with the guys that I wouldn’t be very Canadian (he’s from Richmond, B.C.) if I let them take me out of the game,” he said.
And then there was the ejection of closer Fernando Rodney, who came on to pitch the fifth inning in relief of Paxton.
Rodney had hit a batter and allowed two hits when he thought an 0-1 pitch to Tyler Colvin should have been called a strike, and said as much to umpire Adam Hamari.
Rodney said he merely said that the pitch was a strike, and when the umpire said “that’s enough” that he repeated “that’s a strike.” Told it seemed like a quick hook, Rodney replied that’s “because he knows he’s wrong. It was a strike. It was right down the middle.”
Rodney headed to home plate to continue the discussion after being ejected before being escorted off the field by teammate and catcher Mike Zunino.
Asked afterward what he thought happened, McClendon said “I’m still not sure. He (Rodney) said it was a strike, umpire said it wasn’t. He said ‘yeah it was’ and the ump threw him out.’’
McClendon also thought it was a pretty quick ejection, saying “I didn’t think that was necessary and I told him that.’’
It was also a tough day for another reliever, Tom Wilhelmsen, who allowed five hits and four earned runs in a third of an inning as the Giants scored five in the seventh to blow it open. It was the first bad performance for Wilhelmsen, who had been solid in five previous games.
McClendon, though, didn’t seem too concerned saying “It was one of those spring training days. I thought he threw the ball good — a couple of fastballs were up out in front of the plate. It’s the time of year where guys are going to be dragging a little bit. Got to get over the hump a little bit as far as pitchers are concerned.”
In the good news department, Abraham Almonte hit a home run and went 2-3 with two runs scored as he continues to make his case as the center fielder and lead off hitter.
“It was good to see,” McClendon said.
Here’s some video of McClendon talking to the media afterward:
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