SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija pitched two innings in his first game in a Giants uniform, giving up a run and two hits Wednesday as San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Signed to a $90 million, five-year contract, Samardzija walked two and struck out none.
“The first time out there is like the first day of school,” Samardzija said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, there are jitters.”
Conor Gillaspie homered and Buster Posey singled in his first at-bat of spring training.
Hector Santiago faced seven batters, allowing just the hit to Posey. He struck out two. Gillaspie, back with the team that drafted him, made up for an error in the third with a home run off Matt Shoemaker.
“Any time you can hit the ball with the barrel of the bat, it feels good,” Gillaspie said. “The first day is hard to look at for anything. We’re all new to this.”
Taking the hill for a new team
Samardzija said he wanted to impress his new teammates.
“You want to set an example for the younger guys,” Samardzija said. “There’s no going through the motions. You’re here to get ready and to do that you consistently have your head working.”
Samardzija gave up a hit and then walked the bases loaded in the second inning. He said he approached it like a late-game situation during the regular season.
“I wanted to keep the zero up there,” he said. “I wasn’t going to do anything stupid. I’m OK with the first walk, but you never want to walk the bases loaded.”
Tales from the trainers room
Brandon Crawford has some soreness in his right shoulder and will be used as a designated hitter for a week or so. “Pitchers have a pitch count, I have a throw count,” Crawford said. “I’m taking it slow. I’m taking ground balls but I’m counting every throw.”
Hunter Pence (right Achilles tendinitis) had an MRI performed and could return to action next week.
Matt Cain (right arm) believes he’ll resume throwing in a week and will be ready by opening day.
Jake Peavy gets his first start of the spring Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers in Scottsdale. He’ll be opposed by Zach Davies.