Padres newcomers shine against Giants

Shields works scoreless inning, Myers slugs first spring homer

Padres newcomers shine against Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks, two of San Diego's key offseason acquisitions, distinguished themselves offensively Saturday as the Padres held on for a 7-6 Cactus League victory over the Giants.

Myers hit his first spring homer, an opposite-field drive to right, off Tim Lincecum in the fourth inning. Middlebrooks singled and scored twice, collecting his first hit to ignite a two-run second inning off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner before drawing a fifth-inning walk and scoring on Alexi Amarista's double. Amarista also hit a run-scoring groundout in a two-run third inning.

San Diego scored in four of the first five innings while amassing a team high for runs scored this spring.

Amarista's RBI double

Bumgarner and San Diego starter James Shields met in a rematch of their encounters in Games 1 and 5 of last year's World Series. Shields, who in February signed the largest contract (four years, $75 million) in franchise history, needed 11 pitches to blank San Francisco in the first inning, his only inning of work. He allowed one hit, Angel Pagan's single.

Shields gets Aoki to ground out

"My body feels good, my arm feels good. It's good to get the adrenaline going," Shields said.

Bumgarner surrendered two runs, on Cory Spangenberg's second-inning single, and four hits in two innings but was pleased with his pitching mechanics.

Spangenberg's two-run single

"I felt really, really good," Bumgarner said. "I felt great today -- a lot better than last time out." That was a reference to last Tuesday's exhibition opener against the A's, who piled up four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings off Bumgarner.

Lincecum, who's projected to occupy a spot in the back end of San Francisco's starting rotation, struck out five in two innings. He also yielded two runs and two hits.

Brandon Belt's third-inning double off Matt Wisler accounted for the Giants' first run. Wisler, San Diego's top pitching prospect, struck out three in two innings.

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez doubled home Joe Panik in the sixth, and prospect Daniel Carbonell contributed a sacrifice fly to a two-run eighth that cut the Padres' lead to one. Prospect Rymer Liriano gave the Padres a needed insurance run with a ninth-inning homer, as Gary Brown doubled home Jarrett Parker in the bottom of the inning before Scott Elbert closed it out for San Diego.

Liriano's solo blast

Padres Up Next: The Padres return to the Peoria Sports Complex on Sunday to face the Rockies at 1:05 p.m. PT. Tyson Ross gets his first start of the spring and is expected to go two innings. Ross is the last of the Padres' projected starting pitchers to pitch in a game this spring. He's coming off a notable season where he was an All-Star for the first time, won a career-best 13 games, had a 2.81 ERA and pitched a career-high 195 2/3 innings in 31 starts. The game will be televised by Fox Sports San Diego and broadcast on radio 1090 AM.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.