Posey hits slam, Giants rock Cashner in 11-3 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 2:00 am •  Published: March 21, 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Buster Posey hit a grand slam and the San Francisco Giants rocked opening day starter Andrew Cashner, rolling to an 11-3 victory Thursday night over the San Diego Padres.

Madison Bumgarner, set to start the Giants' opener March 31 at Arizona, gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings. The left-hander struck out nine in his fifth Cactus League start and hasn't allowed a run in 17 innings this spring.

"Geez, I don't know what's going on," Bumgarner said. "I feel good. This is by far the best spring I've had numbers-wise. Tonight I felt pretty close to ready. I'm happy, real happy, with it."

Cashner was tagged for eight runs — four earned — and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings. He threw 94 pitches, 63 strikes, in his fourth spring training start.

The right-hander had not given up a run in nine prior innings of work this spring.

Before the game, Padres manager Bud Black announced that Cashner will pitch the season opener March 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park.

"Minus the grand slam, I thought I pitched pretty well," Cashner said. "I left my fastball high up in the zone a lot today. That's how the grand slam happened. It was a fastball, high and right down the middle.

"But I threw some good changeups today. My sinker was just not there. I just think I need to put it all together in one game."

Cashner was encouraged by his pitch count.

"It's just a real good sign that I'll be ready," said Cashner, who was 10-9 with 3.09 ERA last season.

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Giants: Bumgarner threw 97 pitches, 67 strikes. If he made a mistake, it was trying to lay down a bunt against Cashner, whose fastball has been known to hit 100 mph. Bumgarner struck out.

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