Originally created 03/27/04

Giants beat Athletics



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants are impressed with their new catcher.

A.J. Pierzynski homered, tripled and drove in two runs to help San Francisco defeat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 Friday in a split-squad game.

Pierzynski, acquired from Minnesota in an offseason trade, finished a double shy of the cycle. He led off the second inning with a home run, his first, against loser Tim Hudson, singled in the fourth and tripled home a run in the sixth.

"He's swinging the bat well right now; he's hot," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "We expected to see that. It was a matter of time."

Pierzynski struck out against Chad Bradford, making his first appearance of the spring, in the seventh.

"I'll make a lot better pitch to Pierzynski next time," Hudson said. "I got the ball in but he got his hands on it. He hit a pretty good pitch for the home run."

Hudson allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

"Obviously, the results weren't what I would have liked but I felt good with everything else," Hudson said. "I made some really good pitches."

Jason Ellison also drove in two runs for the Giants, who had not won in their previous four games.

Neifi Perez had two hits and an RBI, and Marquis Grissom also knocked in a run.

"It was nice to hit a guy like udson) any time," Alou said. "Even if it was a softball game. He's tough."

Bobby Kielty hit a two-run homer and Eric Karros had a solo shot for the A's.

Brian Cooper got the win after giving up two runs on four hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Matt Herges allowed his first hit of the spring but still pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Herges has yet to allow a run in eight innings.

Notes: Giants LHP Scott Eyre injured his hip while pitching in the eighth inning. He completed the inning before leaving the game. "Coming off the mound he was in real pain," Alou said. "He fell off the mound awkwardly on one pitch." ... Oakland OF Nick Swisher, who drove in a run, was reassigned to minor league camp.