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Sunday 26th Mar 2017

The Giants and Athletics spring opener Wednesday really boiled down to the battle between Mike Morse and Josh Reddick.

Morse crushed a 1-1 pitch--with two runners on--over the right field fence (which stands 10 feet high) but surprise, Reddick, among the best defenders in baseball, made a spectacular catch. Almost unnoticed was that the pitch was down, but Morse, in his first at-bat in a Giants uniform, was able to get full extension in driving the ball. 

What made the play so much more fun was in the fourth, history repeated itself with Morse jumping on a 2-2 pitch, sending the ball to virtually the same spot, with Reddick again snatching the ball from outside the yard. Although the second time the right fielder was so much more nonchalant about the whole process.

With the final score resting at 10-5, the four runs Reddick discouraged might have made a difference in the opener, but alas, no such luck.

Among the low-lights were both Yusmeiro Petit and Sergio Romo getting knocked around for virtually all ten Oakland runs.

On the Oakland side, all bats came out swinging. In particular, Sam Fuld contributed a pair of singles, Steven Vogt a triple and prospect Addison Russell knocked a single and swiped a bag.

Oakland hurler Fernando Nieve, of whom I have long been a fan, contributed a nice eighth inning of 14 pitches, with a strikeout and a walk (which was erased on a double play). Ten of the 14 tosses were for strikes.

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