Correia, Giants happy with execution

Correia, Giants happy with execution

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If Kevin Correia were a football coach, he'd say that he executed his game plan efficiently Wednesday night.

Correia absorbed the decision in the Giants' 4-2 exhibition loss to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander allowed all of Chicago's runs and seven hits. But he lasted six innings for the first time this spring, joining Matt Cain as the only other Giant to last that long. Correia also maintained admirable control, walking none and starting the first 11 batters he faced with strikes.

"That's the most important thing," Correia said. "You're putting them in a hole immediately instead of being in a hole."

Correia's precision also worked against him to some extent. The Cubs didn't hit the ball out of the infield while scoring a first-inning run, but Geovany Soto lashed a second-inning RBI double and Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

"They're going to get some hits, obviously, if you're throwing the ball in the strike zone that much," Correia said. "That's fine. I'm a big believer in not getting yourself into trouble."

Manager Bruce Bochy found no fault with Correia's performance.

"The results probably should have been better, because overall I thought he did a good job," Bochy said.

In other Giants pitching developments, right-hander Vinnie Chulk, who has been nursing tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, made 40 throws from flat ground Wednesday. Chulk, who owns a 3.60 ERA in five appearances, hasn't pitched since last March 10 against Kansas City.

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