Giants lumber up against Mariners

Giants lumber up against Mariners

at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saturday, March 15

Mariners at the plate: Kenji Johjima lofted a first-inning grand slam. Jose Vidro added a sacrifice fly and Raul Ibanez provided a run-scoring groundout in the fifth before Greg Norton drilled a leadoff homer in the sixth.

Giants at the plate: Randy Winn, Aaron Rowand and Ray Durham hit opposite-field homers off Erik Bedard in the first, third and fourth innings, respectively. Rich Aurilia lined a two-run double in the first inning and Bengie Molina singled and scored twice.

Mariners on the mound: Bedard's ERA climbed from 8.00 to 9.69 after he yielded eight runs (six earned) and seven hits in four innings. Ryan Rowland-Smith contributed two scoreless innings.

Giants on the mound: Barry Zito became the first Giants starter to pitch into the sixth inning this spring. After yielding Johjima's homer, Zito surrendered two singles through the next three innings before allowing three runs in his final 1 1/3 innings.

Cactus League records: Mariners 8-9-1; Giants 6-12-2

Mariners up next: Right-hander Felix Hernandez makes his second Cactus League start against the Brewers, this time at Peoria Stadium. Hernandez held the Brew Crew to two hits over four innings the last time, surrendering a pair of solo home runs. He'll turn the game over to three of the Mariners pitchers working their way back from surgery. Left-hander Arthur Rhodes and right-handers Chris Reitsma and Mark Lowe are slated to pitch one inning apiece. Ichiro Suzuki, who is back to his old tricks of one or two hits a game, has hits in his last two games after ending a prolonged hitless streak.

Giants up next: The Giants play split-squad games for the second day in a row Sunday. They'll entertain the Los Angeles Angels in Scottsdale, with Matt Cain opposing Jered Weaver, and visit Kansas City in Surprise, where non-roster right-hander Victor Santos will face Zack Greinke.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.