Greek Giant

In a tune up for the World Baseball Classic, of which I am a big fan, the Giants beat Team USA 5-1 yesterday in an impressive display of pitching against what is likely the tournament favorite. David Villar and Mitch Haniger both went 2-3. Villar hit a home run as well.

The winning pitcher was Anthony Desclafani who pitched three innings and allowed only one hit and zero runs. Sean Manaea followed him and pitched thee innings allowing one run on three hits against a super duper American line up. The Giants had ten hits and did not commit an error in the game.

Today’s Game

The Giants will host the Brewers in more Cactus League action today. Game time is set for 12:05 PM in Scottsdale.

Giants in the WBC

Here’s a list of former Giants or players once affiliated with the San Franciscans now playing in the World Baseball Classic:

• Joe Biagini (Italy)
• Silvino Bracho (Venezuela)
• Johnny Cueto (Dominican Republic)
• Alex Dickerson (Israel)
• Johneshwy Fargas (Puerto Rico)
• Lucius Fox (Great Britain)
• Jonathan Loáisiga (Nicaragua)
• Shairon Martis (Netherlands)
• Dereck Rodríguez (Puerto Rico)
• Rubén Tejada (Panama)
• Franklin Van Gurp (Netherlands)
• Stephen Woods (Italy)

I miss Johnny Cueto.

Here is a list of former Giants coaches:

• Enrique Burgos (pitching coach, Panama)
• Orlando Cabrera (assistant coach, Colombia)
• Jacob Cruz (hitting coach, Mexico)
• Chris Denorfia (hitting coach, Italy)
• Mark DeRosa (manager, USA)
• Tony Perezchica (third base coach, Mexico)
• Édgar Rentería (assistant coach, Colombia)
• Antoan Richardson (bench coach, Great Britain)
• Dave Righetti (bullpen coach, USA)

Grant Brisbee wrote a nice guide to all the Giants in the WBC and how they got there. It’s a fun read. So are the comments.

That’s today’s report! Happy Spring Training everyone. Opening Day is getting closer and closer…