Pucetas impresses in Giants' 8-4 win over Mariners


by Associated Press


Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 14 at 2:23 AM


PEORIA, Ariz. - San Francisco pitcher Kevin Pucetas continued his spotless spring by retiring all nine Seattle hitters he faced and outfielder Andres Torres homered, doubled and scored three times for a Giants split squad that beat the Mariners 8-4 Saturday.

Pucetas has turned it around from last spring when he had an 8.04 ERA and allowed 41 base runners in 15-plus innings. He has back-to-back, three-inning scoreless starts and has allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings this spring.

Seattle starter Doug Fister needed 61 pitches to get through his three innings, allowing six hits, although one of three Seattle errors led to three unearned runs in the first inning.

Torres homered off Fister in the second, walked and scored in the fourth and doubled home a run before scoring in the eighth.

It was a tough day for the Mariner regulars, who managed just five hits.

Jose Lopez got the first hit with a one-out double in the fourth. Reserve Michael Saunders had a two-run homer during a three-run Seattle ninth.

Chone Figgins, attempting to make the transition to second base with the Mariners, had two errors within a span of three batters in the eighth inning. Outfielder Eric Byrnes' head-first slide on a fifth-inning double came well short of the bag and left him with nasty scrapes on his chin and forearms.

NOTES: Seattle pitcher Erik Bedard, on the comeback trail from bursa and labrum surgery on his left elbow last August, threw from 120 feet for an extended period Saturday and is on track for his first bullpen session in about a week. Bedard wasn't expected back until midseason at the earliest but his progress has fueled optimism that he could return earlier. ... The Mariners reduced their spring roster to 51 by assigning infielders Tommy Everidge and Brad Nelson, and outfielders Greg Halman Michael Wilson to their minor league camp. Everidge had two hits in five at-bats this spring, including a grand slam. ... Giants second baseman Juan Uribe forgot his game jersey, so he wore No. 81 instead of his normal No. 5.


Top 1st inning

Doug Fister pitching
Juan Uribe aboard on Josh Wilson error to load bases
John Bowker sac fly scores Edgar Renteria   1-0 SF
Bottom 1st
Kevin Pucetas pitching
Top 2nd
Juan Uribe out on very good play by Jose Lopez at 3rd
Bottom 3rd
Josh Wilson out 6-3; Pucetas walks off mound
Top 4th
Garrett Olson pitching
Uribe sac fly scores Eugenio Velez                5-0 SF
Levale Speigner pitching
Ryan Rohlinger lines one back to the pitcher; Speigner knocks it down and throws him out
Bottom 4th
Eric Hacker pitching
Jose Lopez doubles to left
Griffey k’s
Top 5th
Bret Pill breaks bat and flies out to sprawling Eric Byrnes in left field**
Andres Torres hits into 463 DP
Bottom 5th
Eric Byrnes doubles to left; slides into 2nd and hurts himself
Franklin Gutierrez RBI single plates Byrnes 6-1