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Saturday 22nd Jul 2017

There was more green than grass on the diamond at Scottsdale Stadium and the colors favored by the visiting Athletics St. Paddy's day, as the San Franciscans modified their caps such that orange and green were the thing.

Under one of those caps Giants ace Tim Lincecum did his thing, tossing six fine innings, allowing six hits and a run while striking out four and walking none en route to his first spring victory. Lincecum was dominant, needing just 48 pitches to get through his first four innings, and 72 to close out the sixth with the only damage coming from a Daric Barton double--his first hit of the spring--in the second.

Giants closer Brian Wilson followed Lincecum with mixed results. Wilson did strike out a pair for the two outs he earned during his two-thirds of an inning's work, but he also allowed a hit and a pair of walks, though thanks to blustery winds, the run was unearned.

On the Athletics side, wanna-be starter Tom Milone was roughed up, as he was touched for four runs and five hits including a Ryan Theriot homer over his four innings of work. Pablo Sandoval and Angel Pagan--who nailed two hits for the day--also went deep to pad the Giants final run total to seven.

The man to watch for Oakland, however, is Collin Cowgill, the outfielder Oakland copped as part of the Trevor Cahill spoils along with Jarrod Parker.

Cowgill tripled and singled, raising his spring average to .424 (14-for-33) with eight RBI and though the Oakland outfield has a lot of possibilities with Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp (who banged his second triple of the spring Saturday), Seth Smith, Jonny Gomes, and Josh Reddick all patrolling the green Cowgill is almost the Athletic archetype.

At 26 he hit .354-13-70 over 395 at-bats at Triple-A Reno with 30 steals and a fantastic ,430 OBP (51 walks to 63 strikeouts) before being called up to Chase Field where he went .239-1-9 over 92 more at-bats.

 

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