at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Friday, March 26
Angels at the plate: Brandon Wood tripled and scored on Bobby Wilson's bloop single in the fourth inning. Erick Aybar lined a seventh-inning RBI triple and scored on Howard Kendrick's ground-ball single over third base.Giants at the plate: Trailing by a run, the Giants rallied in the eighth as Buster Posey's ground-rule double scored Andres Torres, who drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and moved to third on catcher Ryan Budde's throwing error. After Matt Downs walked and Eugenio Velez singled to load the bases, Steve Holm ripped a two-run single. Reliever Waldis Joaquin, of all people, drew a two-out, fifth-inning walk and scored on Aaron Rowand's triple. Edgar Renteria singled home Rowand.
Angels on the mound: Left-hander Trevor Reckling might begin the season in Triple-A, but until he walked Joaquin he looked ready for the bigs while holding the Giants to two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Francisco Rodriguez was the victim of the Giants' big eighth.Giants on the mound: Tim Lincecum lasted only four innings, due to throwing 84 pitches, but yielded just one run. Joaquin followed with two scoreless innings. Worth noting: Giants left fielder Fred Lewis made a nice sliding catch in foul territory of a Kendry Morales fly ball in the sixth inning. Cactus League records: Angels 7-13-2; Giants 19-7 Up next: In a duel of left-handers, the Angels' Joe Saunders takes on the Giants' Barry Zito on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Saunders plans to stretch it out to six innings after yielding two earned runs in five innings in his most recent outing. Morales, fifth in the American League MVP balloting in 2009, looks intent on having an even better season. The muscular first baseman has been crushing the ball all spring, leading the club with 12 RBIs to go with his two homers. Hideki Matsui, Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli (team-high five homers) also have been sizzling at the plate. The Giants complete their home-and-home matchup against the Angels by facing them Saturday in Tempe. San Francisco would be well-advised to bring Rowand, who has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, and Renteria, who has driven in seven runs in nine games. Zito, who pitched into the seventh inning in his most recent start last Monday against Texas, will make his final Cactus League tuneup.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less