Giants’ Cueto again shows he does not need six weeks of spring training

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March 20, 2017 - 8:43pm
Cueto might have missed all that early pitcher fielding practice, but he momentarily saved a run when he jogged to the perfect spot to back up third and caught an overthrow on the triple. Last year, the Giants brought Cueto into games slowly because of a heavy workload with the Royals a year before Had the Dominican Republic advanced in the World Baseball Classic, Cueto would have unleashed those pitches on Japan in Tuesday night's semifinal game. In three Cactus League games he has thrown 10 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. A changeup slipped out of his hand in his final inning Monday and deflected off Avisail Garcia, who was awarded first base. Jeff Samardzija revealed he was "real close" to joining the U.S. squad for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, but he and the Giants decided against it because his pitching schedule would not align with the tournament's. Samardzija allowed the six runs in four-plus innings, including consecutive homers by Hernan Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth inning. Over his past two games, against the Rangers and Brewers, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Samardzija said he liked his outing against the Brewers, on a 96-degree day, until his rough final inning. Aaron Hill, an infielder playing the outfield for the first time since college, boosted his chances of winning a bench job when he started in left field and heaved a strong throw home on a sacrifice fly. Outfield candidate Justin Ruggiano, who had just four hits all spring, finally had a good day at the plate with two singles, but was thrown out in the bases each time. Prospect Ryder Jones hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer against major-league pitcher Tommy Kahnle to give the Giants a come-from-behind win. Hunter Strickland pitched a shutout inning, his fifth straight scoreless outing after he allowed runs in his first three games. A shocking revelation from caffeine aficionado Hunter Pence, who said he cut back after the team met with a sleep specialist.

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