SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants' silent night at Salt River Fields was one Panda swing away from putting the club on the wrong side of a historic spring stinker.After 5 1/3 perfect innings from 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and the Rockies bullpen and 6 1/3 no-hit innings, Pablo Sandoval bounced a ball off the center-field wall for the Giants' lone hit of the game, a stand-up double, thus avoiding the humiliation of the Giants' first Spring Training no-hitter since a 15-0 loss to the Angels on March 16, 1996. "I was asking, 'Are we going to make history here?'" manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were embarrassed tonight, even though it's Spring Training. I don't care if it's a pickup game, Spring Training -- you hate to see games like this. We're leaving here in about 10 days. It's not how you want to look at this point." Much of the credit went to Moyer, who spotted a 75-mph fastball and took the Giants out of their rhythm for the rest of the night. "The last guy [Esmil Rogers] was 93 [mph] and shattered my bat because I was so used to waiting all day," first baseman Aubrey Huff said. "I'd rather not see guys like that. It screws up my week." Sandoval got the best wood of the night on his double off Rogers. "I just tried to do my thing," Sandoval said. "That was a good pitch to hit."
Second base depends on Sanchez's progress
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Every day without improvement by Freddy Sanchez is another day of doubt about San Francisco's second-base situation. Sanchez was in the lineup as a DH for a Minor League game Thursday, but has not played in the field since suffering a dislocated shoulder in June."A lot depends how close he is, but if he can't go out there and play defense, the best thing to do is start him on the DL and let him work his way back on the field and get him ready to play second base," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a lot easier to do that by sending him to Fresno." The book is far from closed at second, as Sanchez has kept his swing in tune, hitting at a .278 clip (5-for-18). But with two weeks left in Spring Training, it's a tossup whether the disabled list or the lineup is more likely. Bochy has seen a half-dozen infielders at second, with Emmanuel Burriss and Mike Fontenot each logging 41 innings before the latter's Thursday night start and Ryan Theriot seeing 38. Each has also seen time at shortstop, with Burriss and Theriot each playing some third and Burriss getting a look in left and right. "Burriss has had a good spring," Bochy said. "Fontenot, of course, Theriot, and I'll throw [Joaquin] Arias in there. I really like what he's done this spring. I put him at short, second and third and he's done a good job. He can handle the bat. He can do some things, so that gives us some depth, too." One advantage Theriot owns is his right-handed bat. Fontenot is a left-handed hitter and Burriss is a switch-hitter, but Bochy would like to have a good bat at second to help break up the left-handed hitters in his lineup. "That's a need here; we know it," Bochy said. "[Theriot's] a good hitter. You look at what he's done over his career. He's been fairly consistent. He's hit .300. And lifetime, he's not far from it [at .282]. He can play second, short or third. I think he's a clutch hitter. He got some big hits for the Cardinals and did well in the postseason. It's always great to have that experience. He's part of the mix."
Wilson thrives in Minor League appearance
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With Opening Day starter Tim Lincecum pitching in a Class A advanced ballgame Thursday, closer Brian Wilson started a game on an adjacent field at Indian School Park, pitching an inning of A-ball himself.Wilson threw 19 pitches and recorded four outs in the inning, which was extended a batter to let Wilson get some extra work. He struck out two and yielded a one-out double, with the catcher picking off the runner at second for the second out. Manager Bruce Bochy had described Wilson as having some "general soreness" in his right arm when he backed him up a day and moved his appearance from the Cactus League to the Minor Leagues, though Wilson said his arm was fine. "We'll see how he comes out of it," Bochy said. "If he comes out of this and feels fine, then he could pitch [in the Cactus League] as early as Saturday." The Giants have been careful not to push Wilson as he returns from the elbow inflammation that limited him to four appearances after Aug. 7. Wilson has made three scoreless Cactus League appearances.
Giants battling plenty of injuries this spring
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants have a handful of health issues they're juggling with two weeks left of Spring Training. Nothing is overly serious, though a couple of injuries could end up impacting the Opening Day roster. Sergio Romo will pitch for the first time in over a week on Friday as he has been nursing a sore elbow. "It seems like in Spring Training is when it flares up on him," manager Bruce Bochy said on Thursday. "It did last year. That's part of getting in pitching shape. "This isn't serious. He's going to throw tomorrow. I think during the season he was fine last year. I know he wants to get in and face those lefties, get a little bit more work, but again, it worked last year. If it's not broke, we don't plan to fix it here." Ryan Vogelsong will make his spring debut Friday, pitching a Minor League inning in his first game since straining his back during his offseason workout routine on Feb. 7. Vogelsong is penciled into the rotation, but is up against the clock as he tries to build stamina in time to make the Opening Day roster. Shortstop Brandon Crawford was sick with flu-like symptoms on Thursday. He had expected to play against the Rockies, but Bochy sent him home. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez has been DHing and getting at-bats in Minor League games, but he has not played in the field this spring. Sanchez is recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered in June, and Bochy has said he will start him the day after he's able to take infield without any issues. Second-base and bench candidate Ryan Theriot hurt his ankle on Thursday in a Minor League game and should miss a day. "He hit the bag, sprained his ankle, tweaked it a little bit, so we're going to give him one day and he'll play tomorrow," Bochy said. Second-base and bench candidate Emmanuel Burriss has a tight hamstring, but Bochy expects him to be available Friday. The manager brought over Minor Leaguers infielders Joe Panik and Bobby Haney as backup behind Joaquin Arias and Mike Fontenot at shortstop and second, respectively, against the Rockies Thursday. "More likely the two middle infielders will go nine, but [the Minor Leaguers] will give me an option to double-switch late," Bochy said.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.