Arroyo helps Giants rally vs. Angels

March 2nd, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Christian Arroyo's RBI double capped a three-run uprising that snapped a sixth-inning tie Wednesday and led the San Francisco Giants to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in a Cactus League opener.

With the score knotted at 1, Trevor Brown singled off Cam Bedrosian to open San Francisco's half of the sixth and ultimately scored on Ryan Lollis' single. Grant Green's single prolonged the inning before a wild pitch sent home Lollis. That put Green in position to score on Arroyo's drive, which skipped over the right-center-field barrier.

Each starter lasted two innings. Angels left-hander Hector Santiago blanked San Francisco on one hit while striking out two. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, making his first appearance as a Giant, yielded one run and two hits.

"I was definitely anxious," Santiago said. "No doubt I had a lot of adrenaline. The first one is the most important, to start off on the right foot. Just attack and pound the zone, just see where you're at. All the work you put in, you can see where you're at."


Samardzija, who commanded a five-year, $90 million deal in free agency, also felt jittery.

"It's like the first day of school," he said. "You've been thinking about this moment for about four months now."

Samardzija's wayward control helped the Angels open the scoring in the second inning. He loaded the bases by issuing one-out walks to Craig Gentry and Todd Cunningham after Carlos Perez hit a leadoff double. Rafael Ortega's sacrifice fly scored Perez.

Conor Gillaspie's third-inning leadoff homer off right-hander Matt Shoemaker drew the Giants even.

Angels Up Next:Garrett Richards makes his Cactus League debut as the Angels host the A's for their first Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Thursday, with first pitch at 12:10 p.m. PT. Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar are all slated to suit up for the first time.

Giants Up Next: Intent on rotating his everyday players during the first few weeks of Cactus League games, manager Bruce Bochy likely will have left fielder Angel Pagan, center fielder Denard Span and third baseman Matt Duffy in the lineup for Thursday's 12:05 p.m. PT game against Milwaukee in Scottsdale.