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San Diego (13-14)0201000104110

Giants 6, Padres 4

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Crawford hopes to change the perception that he's a liability at the plate.

The slick-fielding shortstop helped his cause Wednesday, getting three hits and an RBI in a Giants split squad's 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Crawford hopes to improve last year, his first full season, when he hit .248 with .304 on-base percentage. This spring Crawford is batting .273, and he's hitting .321 with a .403 OBP in March. He thinks the improvement is a sign of good things to come.

"I'd like to think it is," said Crawford, who went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. "I've hit wherever I've gone in the minors, and I had a good second half last year I'd like to build on. I've really been feeling good and I've been gaining confidence this spring. I've been in the league a little while, and I think I'm ready to take that next step as a hitter."

Crawford's first step forward came in August 2012. He hit .285 over the final two-plus months of the season, and considers this spring a launching pad for further growth.

"My timing has been good, especially over the last few weeks," Crawford said. "We have another week or so to get right before the regular season, and I'll continue to work and fine tune and prepare for what I believe will be a productive season."

Left fielder Carlos Quentin played the outfield for the first time this spring. He's been sidelined with knee discomfort, but came out of the game physically fine. Quentin played three innings in left field. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Padres starter Andrew Cashner wasn't as efficient has he had been in two previous spring appearances.

The Padres hoped Cashner would get into the fourth inning with less that 40 pitches, but he didn't make it through the third - he threw 31 pitches in the first.

Cashner gave up one run on three hits in 2 2-3 innings, but he struck out four in his second start.

After starting late due to offseason thumb surgery, Cashner is trying to elevate his pitch count to be considered for the starting rotation come opening day.

"We're still not sure on that. It's going to be close," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Today, I thought he was much better after the first inning. He was a little erratic, but I thought he recovered well and spotted his fastball and change up much better in the second. He's making progress, and he'll continue to grow as he gets more opportunities to pitch."

Giants starter Chad Gaudin pitched three innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He had two strike outs. Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco had two hits, including a perfectly placed bunt single. Padres catcher John Baker also had two hits.

NOTES: RHP Jason Marquis started a Class-A game in Peoria and threw 90 pitches. C Yasmani Grandal also played, and went 1 for 3. C Nick Hundley and OF Chris Denorfia were sent home with flu-like symptoms. RHP Edinson Volquez traveled back to camp after representing the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. He's expected to make a start for the Padres on Friday or Saturday. INF Logan Forsythe (plantar fasciitis) is expected to play in a game this weekend. Forsythe has been out since March 7. Giants 2B Brock Bond left the game with an abdominal strain. He was removed after being walked in the fourth inning.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

E. Williams
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, LF3020010 .239
    Mac Williamson, RF2011000 .500
Gary Brown, CF4200123 .219
Brandon Crawford, SS5131002 .316
Roger Kieschnick, RF-LF4000024 .194
Brock Bond, 2B1011100 .435
    Ryan Cavan, PR-2B2111000 .500
Ricky Oropesa, 1B4111023 .318
Nick Noonan, 3B4110011 .186
Jackson Williams, C2001100 .174
Chad Gaudin, P1000000 .000
   a- Joel Weeks, PH1000010 .000
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
    Scott Proctor, P1000010 .000
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
    Heath Hembree, P0000000 .000
Totals346106310  
a-struck out for Gaudin in the 4th
Batting
2B - Brandon Crawford (2, Stauffer), Nick Noonan (2, Stauffer)
3B - Ricky Oropesa (1, Brach)
SF - Jackson Williams (1)
SH - Yusmeiro Petit (1)
RBI - Mac Williamson (1), Brandon Crawford (5), Brock Bond (6), Ryan Cavan (1), Ricky Oropesa (6), Jackson Williams (3)
2-OUT RBI - Brock Bond (3), Ryan Cavan (1)
SB - Gary Brown (1, 2nd base off Stauffer/Rivera), Ryan Cavan (1, 2nd base off Stauffer/Rivera)
CS - Gregor Blanco (2, 2nd base by Cashner/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Bond-Oropesa, Oropesa-Crawford, Noonan-Oropesa, Crawford-Cavan-Oropesa, Noonan-Cavan-Oropesa
E - Roger Kieschnick (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Gaudin 3722020 2.93
Yusmeiro Petit (BS,1; W,1-1) 2211010 9.35
George Kontos (H,4) 1000020 4.50
Scott Proctor (H,3) 1000110 6.00
Jean Machi (H,3) 1211011 3.38
Heath Hembree (S,2) 1000110 6.43
WP - Jean Machi (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 50-33, Yusmeiro Petit 32-23, George Kontos 11-8, Scott Proctor 18-10, Jean Machi 16-11, Heath Hembree 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 3-2, Yusmeiro Petit 1-4, Jean Machi 1-1, Heath Hembree 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 14, Yusmeiro Petit 8, George Kontos 3, Scott Proctor 3, Jean Machi 5, Heath Hembree 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Amarista, SS3010004 .340
    Jeudy Valdez, SS1000001 .212
Gregorio Petit, 3B3000014 .200
    Anthony Contreras, 3B1000000 .000
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3010001 .283
    Tommy Medica, 1B1111000 .667
Yonder Alonso, 1B3110011 .208
    Mike Gallic, LF1000010 .000
Kyle Blanks, LF-RF3110010 .353
    Henry Charles, RF10100001.000
John Baker, C2020000 .267
    Rene Rivera, C2000001 .136
Travis Jankowski, CF3111111 .444
Everett Williams, RF2021000 .500
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   a- Eddy Rodriguez, PH1000010 .308
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Tejada, PH1000011 .000
Andrew Cashner, P1000013 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonathan Galvez, PH-LF^2B1001101 .385
Totals33411428  
a-struck out for Stauffer in the 7th
b-struck out for Street in the 9th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Brach in the 4th
Batting
HR - Tommy Medica (1, Machi)
SF - Jonathan Galvez (1)
RBI - Tommy Medica (1), Travis Jankowski (2), Everett Williams (1), Jonathan Galvez (8)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner 2.2311140 3.00
Brad Brach (BS,1) 1.1222110 3.68
Tim Stauffer (L,0-3) 3533140 10.61
Luke Gregerson 1000010 0.00
Huston Street 1000000 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 58-36, Brad Brach 35-20, Tim Stauffer 52-33, Luke Gregerson 5-5, Huston Street 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 2-1, Tim Stauffer 5-0, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Huston Street 1-2
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 11, Brad Brach 7, Tim Stauffer 15, Luke Gregerson 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 5418
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - Mike DiMuro