Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford were the two major-league position players on a split-squad team that traveled to Peoria on Wednesday. Both of them helped contribute offensively for the Giants, who left town with a 6-4 victory.
Blanco finished 2-3 while hitting lead off; a spot the Giants employed him regularly during the first half of 2012. Hitting third, Crawford went 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI double. As someone who's primarily known for his defense, Crawford raised his spring batting average to .316.
Top-prospect Gary Brown scored twice despite taking an 0-4. He used a walk and a fielders choice to reach base in the first and fifth innings.
Brock Bond, who's fighting for the final utility infielder position, finished 1-1 with an RBI before leaving with a side injury. His batting average this spring is currently at .435.
Reliever George Kontos faced three batters in the sixth inning, retiring all three and striking out two.
Flame-throwing prospect Heath Hembree recorded the save; his second of the spring. The ninth inning took him 13 pitches, with a walk and a strikeout. Hembree is a candidate to make the bullpen as some point this season and should be in contention for the closer role in the not-too-distant future.
Tonight, the Giants will play under the lights at Scottsdale Stadium against the Colorado Rockies. Matt Cain will get his fifth start of the spring for San Francisco and will oppose Rockies' starter Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz has not fared especially well as a major-league pitcher, despite consistently ranking as one of the top prospects in the sport for the past few years.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.