The SF Giants kicked off spring training with a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Of course, the final result is far from the most important facet of any preseason game. With several players vying for the final spots on the Giants Opening Day roster, the front office and coaching staff were watching every player closely.
Here are a few takeaways from their first game.
SF Giants Spring Training Opener Reactions:
1. Aces Wild
Conner Menez began the day with erratic control, walking two of the first three batters, and that set the tone for a day full of pitchers struggling to consistently find the plate. It’s not a huge surprise. While pitchers tend to be better acclimated to high-level competition than hitters, many of those on the mound for the Giants and Angels on Sunday showed that replicating previous velocity and movement is one thing, but locating it is another.