On a temperate spring-like day in Arizona, Hector Sanchez smashed two home-runs — one each in the 6th and 8th innings — to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6. Sanchez now has three homers in five spring training games.
Eric Surkamp started the game and pitched three innings. He exited with a 2-1 lead for the Giants. The left-hander allowed three hits, one run and had three strike-outs. Replacing Surkamp in the fourth was Brian Wilson who missed the end of the 2011 season with an elbow injury. This was Wilson’s first appearance in spring training. The right-hander looked impressive as he retired the side with nine pitches. It is reported that Wilson threw up to 94-MPH. Today’s outing by Wilson was reassuring.
The Giants had eleven hits to the Mariners’ ten. Right-fielder Gregor Blanco and second-baseman Emmanuel Burris each had two of the Giants’ hits. Pablo Sandoval, Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, and Hector Sanchez batted in San Francisco’s seven runs.
Catcher Buster Posey continued his long-awaited return. The 2010 Rookie Of The Year caught 52 pitches in four innings from both Surkamp and Wilson and went 0-2 at the plate.
The down side for the Giants on Sunday came on the defensive side. San Francisco committed three errors by Burris, Joaquin Arias, and Chris Stewart.
Seattle’s Hernandez Felix Hernandez, the 2010 Cy Young winner, took the loss.