Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: They have a good lineup, their top two guys are going to be gnats.
For the second straight day, Manager Don Wakamatsu heaped praise on catcher Adam Moore, who made two nice plays on bunts, threw out a runner at second trying to steal and went 1-for-2 with two walks.
On Wednesday, Wakamatsu lauded Moore after a 6-4 win over Texas, in which Moore had a nice double.
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"He's got a chance to be a special player,” Wakamatsu said. “He can swing the bat. We still need to work on some things throwing wise, quicken him up a little bit, but as far handling the pitching staff and his receiving skills, blocking, real happy with that.''
On Thursday, after the Mariners’ 6-2 win over the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, Moore got kudos from Wakamatsu again.
“Probably for me the player of the game was Adam Moore, both offensively and defensively,” Wakamatsu said. “I really like what’s going on behind the plate, throwing the runner out and making a couple nice bunt plays.”
It was a solid outing for Ian Snell, who pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and a walk. More importantly, he was a little more efficient with his pitches, he worked with good tempo and also kept the ball down in the zone.
“Ian was really good,” Wakamatsu said. “When he missed, he missed down.”
Snell threw 27 strikes in his 41 pitches.
“I am very pleased with the way I pitched today," he said. "I was real excited because I haven’t pitched in a week and I get real giddy when I have been out for so long.”
Snell wasn't trying to do anything special with the outing.
“Just attack the hitters, attack the zone and stay down," he said. "I think I accomplished that. I was spotting my fastball in and out and I accomplished that too. I am getting in something of a groove, working hard and will continue to work hard.”
If you are in the clubhouse, you will see Snell and Lee talking often. Like several other pitchers in camp, Snell is intrigued by Lee's work ethic, preparation and pace he pitches with.
“Just get out there and don’t let them breathe. Suffocate them," Snell said. "When they put their foot in the box, you are all ready to go. You have to show them you mean business. Cliff Lee said the same thing. It has become a routine. They are on me 24-7 about that.”
A few other notes ...
Chone Figgins does not have a hit, but with three more walks on Thursday, he raised his on-base percentage to .438
Shawn Kelley looked strong pitching two shutout innings. It was like the Kelley we saw last spring. Wakamatsu said Kelley looked dominant.
Tim Lincecum's spring ERA is now 9.80 The Mariners scored four runs off him, but only two were earned.
"Stuff wise I felt like everything was good," Lincecum said. "I think right now everything is just location. I just try to take something positive from each outing. My curveball was breaking really well, the slider was doing well. The change-up when it was down was good, same with the fastball. The only time I really got hurt was Ichiro's hit. ... The key for me is rhythm. My mechanics kind of follow that. This is spring training, not the season.”
Lincecum was also asked about being overlooked by Seattle for Brandon Morrow. He's getting tired of being asked about it, and the constant comparison -- though I think Morrow might be more tired of it.
"That's another thing that's getting old ,'' he said. "Morrow's in Toronto now.''