- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Giants opening-day starter Madison Bumgarner pitched five stellar innings and Hunter Pence hit a pair of solo homers, pacing the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over a Colorado Rockies split-squad on Friday.

Bumgarner, a left-hander, gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four. He is manager Bruce Bochy’s choice to start at Arizona in the regular-season opener on March 31.

Pence hit his second and third home runs of the spring, both off left-hander Christian Friedrich. Friedrich will start the season in the minor leagues.

Giants lefty setup man Jeremy Affeldt continued his road back from hamstring issues with a scoreless seventh inning.


Rockies: Friedrich had hoped to emerge with the No. 5 spot in manager Walt Weiss’ rotation, especially with No. 1 starter Jhoulys Chacin out with a shoulder strain, but it was determined that Friedrich needs more work before having a chance to make an impact in the regular season.

Friedrich was a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2008. He made 16 starts for the Rockies in 2012, going 5-8, but was slowed in ‘12 and again last season with lower-back issues.

Giants: Bumgarner is pleased with his progress this spring.

“I’m not quite there yet, but I’m almost there,” he said Friday. “Today, I had command of my curve and my change and my fastball. I felt good all in all.”

Giants pitchers have made a pact to improve themselves while swinging the bat this season, and Bumgarner did his part, coming up with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.

“The pitchers want to keep that going and not leave it back in Arizona,” Bumgarner said.


Rockies: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continued to be sidelined after getting hit in the calf by a pitch on Wednesday. He is day to day.

Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy said second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) might be ready to play in a game by early next week. Left fielder Michael Morse continues to be out with a strained calf.


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