Mar 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) follows through on a swing in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Madison Bumgarner Rock Solid, Hunter Pence Homers Twice As San Francisco Giants Blank Rockies


Madison Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings Friday and Hunter Pence gave him all the offense he needed with a pair of home runs as the San Francisco Giants blanked a Colorado Rockies split squad in Cactus League play at Scottsdale Stadium.

Bumgarner (2-0) surrendered just two hits and walked one to go with four strikeouts. He is unscored upon in 10 innings this spring, holding opposing batters to a .147 average and posting a 0.60 WHIP.

Meanwhile, Pence slugged solo homers in his first two at-bats, one to left-center field and the other to right-center, as the Giants took a 3-0 lead after four innings against Colorado left-hander Christian Friedrich.

While going 2-for-3, Pence hit his second and third homers this spring and raised his Cactus League average to .276.

Pence gave the Giants (10-5) a 1-0 lead in the second with his leadoff blast to left-center and made it 2-0 with a one-out blast in the fourth.

San Francisco scored again in the fourth. Juan Perez followed Pence’s second homer with a single to center and after Ehire Adrianza flew out, Perez stole second and Gregor Blanco worked a walk.

Bumgarner then slapped a sharp grounder into left to score Perez.

The Giants got their final run in the seventh. Nick Noonan drew a one-out walk, went to third when Brandon Hicks lined a single to right and Tyler Graham loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch from Eddie Butler. Pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson hit a grounder to short and beat out the back end, allowing Noonan to score.

As good as Bumgarner was, the bullpen was even better, no-hitting the Rockies (8-10) over the final four innings and retiring all 12 batters they faced. Brett Bochy, Jeremy Affeldt, Heath Hembree and Jean Machi each worked one inning. The only hits Colorado managed were an infield single by Matt McBride in the second inning and bunt single by Paul Janish in the fifth.

The Giants will play two on Saturday, with a split squad heading to Peoria Sports Complex to play the Seattle Mariners at 1:05 p.m. Pacific and another split group staying at Scottsdale Stadium to host a split squad of Oakland Athletics at 3:05 p.m. Pacific.

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