Pence and Ruf lead Giants to victory


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Winning pitcher: Ben Madison (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Sam Delaplane (0-1)

Hunter Pence played the hero in today's Spring Training matchup against the Seattle Mariners. He launched his first homer of the Spring to left field that broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 3rd inning. For Pence, it was his first dinger at Scottsdale Stadium since homering off Jeff Samardzija last season while with the Rangers. Jaylin Davis homered after Pence, which was also his first of the Spring which padded the clubs lead to 3-1. Darin Ruf roped a 1 out double in the bottom of the 5th for his 2nd of the day and after a Mike Yastrzemski ground out Evan Longoria walked. Hunter Pence doubled in both runners to make it a 5-1 game then Buster Posey hit his 2nd double of the Spring to plate Pence. Ruf had 3 hits on the day, all doubles as the team finished with 10 hits total and 8 being extra-base hits. Drew Robinson added an RBI double of his own, ripping one to center field which scored Tyler Heineman. Jeff Samardzija pitched 3.2 innings on the day, allowed 1 run off 2 hits with 4 strikeouts while walking 2 batters.

The Seattle Mariners fell short of a Spring sweep of the Giants today as they lost their 7th game out of their last 8 ballgames. Longtime Colorado Rockie Carlos Gonzalez walked with 1 out in the top of the 2nd and JP Crawford tripled making it an early 1-0 lead for Seattle. They trailed 6-1 going into the top of the 6th, but Kyle Lewis and Carlos Gonzalez both singled to open the frame. Giants pitcher Rico Garcia threw an errant pitch that advanced the runners and JP Crawford grounded out to score Lewis. Tom Murphy then hit a sacrifice fly as Braden Bishop tagged up, making it a 6-3 game. Donovan Walton hit his first homer of Spring Training, cutting San Francisco's lead to 2 runs. Seattle managed only 6 hits on the day, with 3 extra-base hits and went 0-7 with 7 runners left on base. Starter Justus Sheffield pitched 3 innings and struck out 5 batters with 1 run off 3 hits for the day.

Trevor Oaks will get the nod for the Giants against Aaron Civale and the Indians for the 2nd time in three days.

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