BY JIMMY DEROGATIS
In a warm Friday evening spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium, the San Francisco Giants scored a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Madison Bumgarner got the start and pitched three strong innings, giving up one earned run while picking up five strikeouts. Carlos Navas came in and pitched the ninth inning for a three out save, allowing Nick Vincent to pick-up the win.
Jesse Winker of the Reds led off the game by blasting a Bumgarner slider into deep left field for a home run. In the bottom of the third-inning, on a full-count situation with two outs, Steven Duggar scored the lone run for the Giants in the early going on a passed ball off the glove of catcher Juan Graterol. Cincinnati came right back to answer as Phillip Ervin hit a fading down-and-away off-speed pitch into the left-field bleachers to give the Reds a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
The Giants came back to score in the fifth inning when Cameron Rupp hit a double down the right field line away from Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin allowing both Joe Panik and Austin Slater to score. Both runners had reached base courtesy of walks given up by Reds pitcher Amir Garrett.
Giants outfielder Chris Shaw, coming off the bench, made good contact in both of his at bats. Shaw unloaded a monster two run home run off a 96-MPH Odrisamer Despaigne fastball in the eighth that provided the winning runs. The ball completely cleared the right-field Charro Lodge party deck.
Shaw also looked impressive on the field, making plays flying around the outfield. Also noticeable was his plate discipline (not swinging at balls) which seemed to help him get calls from the home plate umpire on some borderline pitches during the game.
Henry Ramos, a non-roster invitee battling for a spot on the roster, looked stellar in all stages on the field for the Giants as well. Ramos is a real speedster who can wreak some havoc on the base paths. He has the potential to be a gold-glove caliber outfielder and could be the perfect guy to handle the obscurities of right field at Oracle Park. Ramos also has a cannon for an arm as he showed against the Reds. He just missed nailing Connor Joe of the Reds on a bang-bang play at home in the seventh inning.
Navas, a right-hander who looks like a linebacker on the mound, is another non-roster invitee in a dog fight for a spot in the bullpen. With a massive upper body frame, and broad shoulders, he’s another intimidating high velocity reliever. Navas shut down the Reds in order to close the game.