Bochy calls spring play 'outstanding'

Bochy calls spring play 'outstanding'

PHOENIX -- The Giants broke camp Wednesday, but their manager didn't break any news in his assessment of six weeks in Arizona.

"Our goal coming here was to play good baseball and set up our pitching. I couldn't be more pleased with how Spring Training has gone here," Bruce Bochy said. "We swung the bats, pitched well and played good fundamentals."

Oh, the Giants also won some games. In fact, their 6-2 triumph over the Dodgers in Wednesday's getaway game still left them in position to match the franchise's most preseason wins on record, 25 in 1964.

"Winning games is great. But it's more important that overall our play has been outstanding, and so was the effort," Bochy said. "You certainly feel better approaching the season when you're playing well, rather than the other way around."

The Giants aren't quite done, obviously. For one thing, four more exhibitions await them, three in AT&T Park: the first two games of the Bay Bridge Series against the A's, and Sunday's preseason finale against the Seattle Mariners. And 13 more roster cuts await Bochy.

The Giants made their way home with 38 players, perhaps the largest contingent with which they have ever left a Spring Training camp. However, many of the 13 players in excess of the regular-season roster limit of 25 were just getting a big league park reward for their spring efforts.

"We have a real good idea where we are [with the 25]. We've talked among ourselves," said Bochy. "We'll huddle again in San Francisco. These decisions are always difficult, and we have some guys who will be disappointed, because they're in that group who had good springs.

"We try to look at it as a silver lining, that it means we have depth, and I hope they will look at it like that, too."