Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 3/20/12

A.J. Pollock smashed a walk-off home run off Wilmin Rodriguez in the 9th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 this afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. [box score]

It was the 24-year-old’s first homer in 26 Cactus League at bats.

In his fourth start of the spring, Barry Zito went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out three. Zito drove in one of the Giants’ runs with a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze in the 4th inning.

Diamondbacks’ starter Trevor Bauer, a first-round draft selection (3rd overall) last June, gave up two runs on six hits, and struck out two in his three innings.

Top Giants hitter: Cabrera (2-for-4, R)
Top Giants pitcher: Loux (1 IP, K)
Key moment of the game: Pollock’s walk-off HR.

The Giants (11-6-3) take on the Cleveland Indians (5-10) tomorrow at Goodyear Ballpark. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1, 4.76) will make his third spring start (and fifth appearance overall). RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 5.63) is on the hill for the Tribe.

NOTES: OF Nate Schierholtz missed today’s game with a “forearm flexor extensor.” He’s expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow … OF Gregor Blanco, who I predicted will make the 25-man Opening Day roster in my post last Sunday, stole two more bases today. He now has a major league-leading nine steals … Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It’s not freak out time yet, folks … Despite the loss, the Giants have still won eight of their last 11 spring contests against the Diamondbacks (dating back to 2009) and have won 10 of their last 16 (.625) games overall … San Francisco will play for 15 consecutive days between now and April 5.




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