SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Cain pitched three shutout innings in his first start of the spring and Pablo Sandoval hit a pair of RBI singles as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday.
Cain will start the second game of the regular season at Arizona. He couldn’t throw in his first scheduled spring game on Saturday because of rain and instead threw 35 pitches in a covered bullpen session.
Cain gave up one hit, a second-inning double by Collin Cowgill, and struck out two.
Angels: Weaver, 1-0 entering the game, started off on the wrong foot in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Brennan Bosch dropped leadoff man Gregor Blanco’s shallow fly ball in the sun along the left-field line. Bosch later scored on Sandoval’s first hit. Weaver took the loss.
“We (pitchers) haven’t said much to each other. We know that’s what we need to do,” said Cain, who is 1-0.
“You’ve got that competitive edge, and it felt good,” said Cain, who slipped to 8-10 in 2013 after going 16-5 the previous season. “I felt good. I was throwing good pitches, trying to get ahead of guys.”
Angels: Outfielder Josh Hamilton will be out for at least another week as he allows a strained left calf to heal.
Giants: Second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) isn’t expected to make his spring debut until this weekend at the earliest.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is staying true to his word that if he feels good, he will be in the lineup, and not just as a DH.