Kevin Pucetas impresses in Giants' 8-4 win over Mariners
San Francisco pitcher Kevin Pucetas continued his spotless spring by retiring all nine Seattle hitters he faced.
The Associated Press
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)-- San Francisco pitcher Kevin Pucetas continued his spotless spring by retiring all nine Seattle hitters he faced and outfielder Andres Torres homered, doubled and scored three times for a Giants split squad that beat the Mariners 8-4 Saturday.
Pucetas has turned it around from last spring when he had an 8.04 ERA and allowed 41 base runners in 15-plus innings. He has back-to-back, three-inning scoreless starts and has allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings this spring.
Seattle starter Doug Fister needed 61 pitches to get through his three innings, allowing six hits, although one of three Seattle errors led to three unearned runs in the first inning.
Torres homered off Fister in the second, walked and scored in the fourth and doubled home a run before scoring in the eighth.
It was a tough day for the Mariner regulars, who managed just five hits.
Jose Lopez got the first hit with a one-out double in the fourth. Reserve Michael Saunders had a two-run homer during a three-run Seattle ninth.
Chone Figgins, attempting to make the transition to second base with the Mariners, had two errors within a span of three batters in the eighth inning. Outfielder Eric Byrnes' head-first slide on a fifth-inning double came well short of the bag and left him with nasty scrapes on his chin and forearms.
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