SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A split-squad of Giants played to a 2-2, nine-inning tie Saturday against a collection of the organization's Minor League prospects, dubbed "The Futures," at Scottsdale Stadium.
For six innings, the Futures used a different pitcher each frame to blank a Giants lineup that included projected regulars Nori Aoki, Joe Panik, Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.
The Minor Leaguers opened the scoring with a pair of fourth-inning runs off Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit, who lasted five innings. After second baseman Austin Slater lashed an opposite-field home run to right, Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker both singled. Parker's hit caromed off second base, enabling Williamson to reach third. That set up Mitchell Delfino's run-scoring groundout.
The Giants finally pulled even with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Hector Sanchez began the uprising by reaching base safely on a throwing error. That preceded Devin Harris' RBI double off Matthew Gage. Joaquin Arias tied the score by hustling home on a wild pitch by Rodolfo Martinez.
Up next: Sunday's Cactus League outing will be a meaningful one for Matt Cain. He'll face Major League competition -- in this case, the Los Angeles Dodgers -- after getting his work in during his previous two starts in Minor League games. Ryan Vogelsong, who would join the season-opening rotation if Cain or another starter isn't ready, is also expected to pitch. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.