Bochy not concerned by pitchers' struggles
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn't overly upset at the punishment Yusmeiro Petit and Sergio Romo endured in Wednesday's 10-5 loss to the Oakland A's in the Cactus League opener.
"They're command guys," Bochy said, referring to the finesse that Petit, who yielded four first-inning runs, and Romo, who coughed up six runs in the fourth, rely upon. "If they aren't on, they're probably going to get hit around here in the Cactus League."
Bochy said that Romo, the Giants' All-Star closer, was throwing strictly fastballs and changeups, with the objective of polishing the latter delivery. Romo refrained from throwing his slider, the pitch that has been responsible for his success.
The A's led 10-0 before the Giants could score. Ninth-inning home runs by Adam Duvall, who has 69 Minor League homers in the last three years, and Ehire Adrianza, who lashed a three-run drive off the top of the right-field fence, made the score less lopsided.
Bochy said left-hander David Huff was scheduled to start Friday's split-squad game against Oakland but had to be scratched due to shoulder tenderness. Edwin Escobar will replace Huff, who's competing with Petit for a long-relief role.