02/25/2013 9:22 PM ET
Bochys weather tough inning together
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy couldn't be accused of nepotism on Monday.
The Giants manager summoned his son, Brett, in the eighth inning of a Cactus League exhibition against the Chicago White Sox, who had the bases loaded with one out, two runs already in and San Francisco leading, 9-4.
"Ideally, you'd like to start with a clean inning," the elder Bochy said.
Brett Bochy had no margin for error. But perfection eluded him, which is understandable for a non-roster player making his first appearance of the spring. Josh Bell hit a ground-rule double before Seth Loman clobbered a three-run homer on Bochy's next pitch to even the score and complete Chicago's seven-run rally. The Giants, who led 9-0 as late as the fifth inning, settled for a 9-9 tie.
Both Bochys seemed to accept the sudden White Sox surge as one of those things that tend to happen in Spring Training, when players are still trying to regain their form. Sequences such as Monday's rarely happened last year to Brett Bochy, who finished 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 14 saves at Double-A Richmond.
"Sure you're nervous for him, probably because of being a dad," said Bruce Bochy, who used his son as a reliever in a mid-March exhibition last year against Milwaukee. "But it's Spring Training and guys are getting ready. I put him in a tough spot, but he's a tough kid and he'll be fine."
Brett Bochy agreed that he inherited a precarious situation. "But you have to be ready for that in the role I'm in," he said.
The fact that his dad handed him the ball wasn't lost on Brett Bochy.
"Being the first time, I noticed it," he said. "But once I got out there and toed the rubber, it's like any other game."
To Brett Bochy's credit, he finished the inning by retiring two White Sox hitters while preserving the tie.
"He did a good job of regrouping and settling down," Bruce Bochy said.
Cain expected to make next start after comebacker
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Bruce Bochy said he felt "pretty sure" that Matt Cain will make his next scheduled start Thursday against Seattle.
Cain was struck on the right knee Sunday by a comebacker hit by Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs. Asked Monday how he felt, Cain said dryly, "It feels like a knee."
Left-hander Javier Lopez, recovering from a bruised left hand, has resumed playing catch and said that he expects to throw off a bullpen mound in the next couple of days "as long as everything's progressing."
Catcher Hector Sanchez and outfielder Andres Torres, recovering from minor injuries, appeared in their first exhibition games Monday.
Sanchez, bothered by a sore right shoulder, threw to bases during Monday's pregame workout and went 1-for-2 as a substitute designated hitter in the 9-9 tie against the Chicago White Sox.
Sanchez replaced Torres, who singled, drove in a run and scored in his only at-bat in the second inning. The switch-hitting Torres, bothered by a pulled muscle in his side, had refrained from swinging left-handed until Monday. Bochy said that Torres had been medically cleared to bat left-handed.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.