Matt Cain became just the latest San Francisco Giants starter to look extremely good this spring, allowing one hit in three innings as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 3-2.
The five projected starters for the Giants—Madison Bumgarner, Cain, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong—have combined to give up just one run in 17 Cactus League innings this spring.
The Giants (4-3) scored quickly to open the bottom of the first, getting a little help when left fielder Brandon Boesch couldn’t haul in Gregor Blanco’s fly ball. Blanco wound up at second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Pablo Sandoval’s single up the middle.
San Francisco struck again in the third with much the same cast of characters. Blanco and Brandon Crawford had back-to-back one-out singles and Sandoval lined a single into left field to chase Blanco home and give the Giants a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, San Francisco got a little bit of two-out magic when Hunter Pence reached on an infield single and came around to score on a double to left by Michael Morse.
The Angels (3-3) got their only tallies in the seventh off reliever Jason Berken. Boesch had an RBI triple and Carlos Pena drove him in with a groundout.
Javier Lopez worked a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and a walk, Jose De Paula struck out three and allowed a hit in two scoreless frames. Berken was touched for two runs on two hits in his lone inning of work. Mason Tobin allowed a hit and a walk with a strikeout in the eighth and Heath Hembree got his first save of the spring while working a perfect ninth, striking out one.
Sandoval had two of the Giants nine hits while Morse had the only extra base knock with his RBI double.
The Giants return to Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday to face the Cincinnati Reds at 12:05 p.m. Pacific.