San Francisco Giants Saturday game wrap: Hundley slams A’s in Spring Finale

April 1, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Nick Hundley, right, is congratulated by third base coach Phil Nevin (16) after hitting a grand slam off Oakland Athletics’ Andrew Triggs in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND-San Francisco Giants hitter Nick Hundley changed the finale of the Bay Bridge Series with one swing of the bat.

Hundley hit a towering grand slam off of Andrew Triggs in the top of the fourth inning, as the San Francisco Giants closed out the Spring Training portion of the 2017 season with a 6-3 victory over the Oakland A’s before a crowd of 30,743 at the Coliseum.

The Giants finish the 2017 version of the Spring Training with a record of 20-16.

This is the first time that the Giants finish Spring Training with a winning record since 2014 when they went 17-12-1.

Conor Gillaspie singled to lead off the inning, then Chris Marrero was hit by a pitch, then Aaron Hill picked up the second hit of the inning and then Hundley hit a Triggs offering into the left-centerfield bleachers to give the Giants their first runs of the afternoon.

Tyler Beede struck out four of the six batters he faced, as he pitched four innings, allowing two runs on five hits, not walking a batter and striking out five.

After Beede struck out the four of the six batters he faced in the first two innings, the A’s finally broke through in the bottom of the third inning.

Marcus Semien singled to break-up the no-hitter, then Yonder Alonso singled and after a Rajai Davis pop out to Hundley behind the plate and then Matt Joyce broke up the scoreless tie with a double to score Semien and Alonso with the first two runs of the game for the A’s.

The Giants got to Triggs in the first two innings, as they got three hits in the first two frames. Gorkys Hernandez doubled in the top of the second inning that sent Nick Hundley to third, but Triggs was able to get out of the inning, as he snared a Eduardo Perez liner up the middle and threw to Ryon Healy at third base to end the frame.

Michael Roth came on to pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning, and despite giving up a leadoff single to Alonso, Roth was able to get the next three batters out to end the inning.

Andrew Decker scored to cut the Giants lead down to 4-3, as he scored on a Josh Phelgley double, Kyle Crick was able to get Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee to end the inning.

Justin Ruggaino stretched the Giants lead up to 6-3 in the top of the seventh inning, as he hit his fourth home run of the Spring that landed in the left-field seats.

NOTES: Madison Bumgarner will make his fourth consecutive Opening Day start on Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, while the Diamondbacks will send Zack Greinke to the mound.

After an off-day on Monday, the Giants will send Johnny Cueto on Tuesday to the Chase Field hill and the Diamondbacks will Patrick Corbin to the mound.

Matt Moore and Taijuan Walker face each other in the third game of the series, and Jeff Samardzija will close out the series against Robbie Ray.

This is the fourth time in six seasons that the Giants are opening the season in The Valley of the Sun, as they previously opened the season there in 2012, 2014 and 2015.


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