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San Francisco at Colorado

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San Francisco (11-12) «10310042011150
Colorado (13-11)2003000016111

Giants 11, Rockies 6

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - It was a bad day for Rockies pitchers.

In Scottsdale, Christian Friedrich made his first start of spring training and allowed two of San Francisco's five home runs as a Colorado split squad lost 11-6 to the Giants.

More troublesome, though, was the news out of Rockies camp that opening day starter Jhoulys Chacin was scratched from his start against the Texas Rangers because of back spasms.

Chacin pitched for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic and has been limited to 4 1-3 innings in three Cactus League starts this spring. He reported the back problems on Thursday and the Rockies decided to start Tyler Chatwood against the Rangers on Friday.

"He felt them come on yesterday so we're just being cautious," manager Walt Weiss said. "It doesn't look like anything serious but there is no reason to run him out there 24 hours later to have him make his start. The plan is to give him a couple of innings (Saturday), but we won't stretch him out."

Chacin, 23-31 with a 3.68 ERA in 82 career games (67 starts), was named the starter for Colorado's April 1 opener in Milwaukee by Weiss on Tuesday. He was 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 2012, a season that was shortened by a pectoral muscle injury.

Fredrich, who is coming back from his own back problems that have hampered his spring and likely cost him a shot at the starting rotation, allowed five hits - home runs to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt - in three innings. Miguel Batista also allowed four runs in two innings.

Belt raised his spring average to.439 with two homers, a ground-rule double, and a single while driving in four runs.

"This is the time of year, getting closer to opening day, that you want to stay as locked in as possible. I'm seeing the ball well, feeling good and ready to get started," said Belt, who had seven home runs last season but has six this spring, the most of any player in the Cactus League.

Belt hit .275 last year and at 25, feels he is ready to take the next step in his career.

"I'm not the same player I was, from a mental aspect and everything else," he said. "I know what to expect going out there. I know there will be some bumps in the road, but I also know that I can come out on the other side. I'm going in with a lot more confidence this year."

Belt had three hits against lefties, another area he's work hard to improve on.

"It's something to take personally as a left-handed hitter, that you can't hit left-handed pitchers," he said. "I want to show them that I can."

Belt was a triple shy of the cycle in the seventh when he sent a drive to left-center. It cleared the fence.

"I thought I hit it pretty good. If I had hit one down the line, I was definitely going for the cycle," he said.

Nick Noonan and Mark Minicozzi also homered for the Giants, who had 15 hits. Carlos Gonazlez had a two-run homer for the Rockies in the first inning.

NOTES: Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner went five-plus innings and struck out five against the Los Angeles Angels' High A team in Scottsdale. He threw 56 of his 87 pitches for strikes, allowing two runs and four hits . Gregor Blanco had a big game for the Giants with a single, double and triple, scoring twice and knocking in one. . Gonzalez, Ben Pauslen and Jonathan Herrera all had two hits for the Rockies.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF4231010 .280
    Ryan Lollis, CF1000000 .250
Brandon Crawford, SS4111002 .310
    Carter Jurica, 3B1000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF3111001 .353
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Susac, C2111000 .375
Brandon Belt, 1B4244000 .439
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Ciriaco, PH-2B0000100 .000
Francisco Peguero, LF-RF4010002 .346
    Javier Herrera, RF-LF1000011 .000
Nick Noonan, 3B-SS5111020 .188
Joe Panik, 2B5000001 .000
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
Jackson Williams, C1110200 .208
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Minicozzi, PH-1B11110001.000
Chris Heston, P1000001 .000
    Cole Gillespie, LF-RF2110001 .255
Totals3911151034  
a-walked for Lopez in the 9th
b-homered for Kontos in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregor Blanco (2, Batista), Brandon Belt (5, Friedrich)
3B - Gregor Blanco (3, Friedrich)
HR - Hunter Pence (2, Friedrich), Brandon Belt 2 (6, Friedrich, Batista), Nick Noonan (1, Batista), Mark Minicozzi (1, Corpas)
SH - Chris Heston (1)
RBI - Gregor Blanco (4), Brandon Crawford (6), Hunter Pence (10), Andrew Susac (1), Brandon Belt 4 (16), Nick Noonan (3), Mark Minicozzi (1)
2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (1), Hunter Pence (2), Nick Noonan (1)
CS - Francisco Peguero (2, 2nd base by Batista/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Heston 4555321 9.28
Scott Proctor 1000000 5.40
George Kontos (W,1-0) 2200020 3.75
Javier Lopez (H,2) 1100000 11.81
Jean Machi 1311000 4.00
HBP - Nelson (by Chris Heston), Hernandez (by Chris Heston)
WP - Chris Heston (1), George Kontos (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Heston 39-21, Scott Proctor 3-3, George Kontos 12-12, Javier Lopez 4-4, Jean Machi 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Heston 6-3, Scott Proctor 2-1, George Kontos 3-1, Javier Lopez 2-1, Jean Machi 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Heston 21, Scott Proctor 3, George Kontos 8, Javier Lopez 4, Jean Machi 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF2101100 .343
    Charlie Culberson, 2B2000001 .154
Josh Rutledge, 2B3011001 .214
    Jonathan Herrera, SS2120000 .391
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3122011 .241
    Corey Dickerson, LF2000011 .375
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2000111 .263
    Michael Mitchell, CF2011001 .500
Michael Cuddyer, RF3000001 .289
    Miguel Batista, P1000001 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Joseph Williamson, P0000000 .000
   a- Timothy Smalling, PH10100001.000
Ben Paulsen, 1B4120102 .500
Chris Nelson, 3B3000010 .222
Ramon Hernandez, C2100003 .211
    Gustavo Molina, C1000001 .333
Christian Friedrich, P1000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Jayson Langfels, PH11110001.000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt McBride, RF2010001 .269
Totals37611634  
a-singled for Williamson in the 9th
b-doubled for Lopez in the 4th
Batting
2B - Jonathan Herrera (3, Machi), Jayson Langfels (1, Heston)
3B - Matt McBride (2, Kontos)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (2, Heston)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (5), Josh Rutledge (5), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (8), Michael Mitchell (1), Jayson Langfels (1)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Rutledge (3), Michael Mitchell (1)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Heston/Williams)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Brothers-Tulowitzki-Paulsen, Herrera-Culberson-Paulsen
E - Charlie Culberson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Christian Friedrich 3544132 10.80
Wilton Lopez 1211000 4.50
Rex Brothers 1100000 0.00
Miguel Batista (L,1-2) 2544102 9.00
Manny Corpas 1221001 4.50
Joseph Williamson 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Christian Friedrich 30-22, Wilton Lopez 5-5, Rex Brothers 3-3, Miguel Batista 18-11, Manny Corpas 9-6, Joseph Williamson 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Christian Friedrich 3-3, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Rex Brothers 1-1, Miguel Batista 2-3, Manny Corpas 2-1, Joseph Williamson 2-0
Batters Faced - Christian Friedrich 15, Wilton Lopez 5, Rex Brothers 3, Miguel Batista 11, Manny Corpas 5, Joseph Williamson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12683
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - John Tumpane