SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Honoring the memory of the victims of the recent shootings at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead, was more than just a pregame obligation for Giants starter Ty Blach.The Giants and Milwaukee Brewers joined the group of 2,500 coaches, managers and umpires who
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Honoring the memory of the victims of the recent shootings at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 people dead, was more than just a pregame obligation for Giants starter Ty Blach.
The Giants and Milwaukee Brewers joined the group of 2,500 coaches, managers and umpires who wore the caps of the school's baseball team Friday. Many of the caps will be autographed and then auctioned to raise funds for the families affected by the Feb. 14 shootings.
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Blach, who started for the Giants and pitched two shutout innings in their 6-5 loss, was profoundly stirred by the opportunity to wear the memorial caps.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the high school and the victims and their families," Blach said. "It's just so tragic. We just hope that everybody in this world can find some peace to be better people for each other.
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"... It hits home for everybody because we've all been in schools growing up -- our whole life -- and know how great an environment it can be. To have so many lives taken away in such a special setting is tragic.
"The moment of silence during the national anthem definitely hit home, knowing that we're able to have this platform that we do."
Duggar records big hit
Giants rookie Steven Duggar, a candidate to earn significant playing time in center field, drove a two-run double into the right-field corner during San Francisco's four-run, fourth-inning outburst.
Duggar, who's competing with Austin Jackson, maintained perspective.
"I'm not going to win the job right out of the gate," Duggar said. "I think it's important to keep progressing and improving throughout camp and trying to put my best foot forward."
• Pablo Sandoval, who homered in the sixth for the Giants' final run, demonstrated his characteristic enthusiasm as he recalled the moment.
"I won't lie to you," Sandoval said. "It felt good."
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.