Samardzija struck out five and walked none in three innings, obscuring the one run and five hits he allowed. The right-hander asserted himself in the first inning by striking out the side. Samardzija quickly established command of his fastball, which, he said, enabled him to work on secondary pitches such as his split-finger fastball and slider.
"Every time out, you want to have a strong first inning," said Samardzija, the Giants' projected No. 3 starter. "Speaking from experience, it makes the day a little bit longer when that first inning's a grind."
A new era in the Giants-Dodgers rivalry began and may have ended on Sunday as brotherly love, not a benches-clearing fracas, broke out between the teams.
Shortly before the game started, Dave Roberts, the Dodgers' first-year manager who played for the Giants from 2007-08, exchanged bro-hugs with manager Bruce Bochy, guest coach and former San Francisco teammate Rich Aurilia and a couple of other Giants. The teams' bench coaches, Ron Wotus of the Giants and Bob Geren of the Dodgers, chatted amiably.
Bochy pointed out that many of the parties involved hadn't seen each other in a long time. Moreover, Roberts' friendliness toward virtually everybody he meets is legendary.
Bochy sounded a tad embarrassed after the game about the extent of the hugging, however.
"The hugging -- I don't know about that," he said.
Bottom line: Leo Durocher and Jackie Robinson wouldn't have done anything like this in a billion years.
Cueto on track
Bochy said that right-hander Johnny Cueto threw well in a bullpen session on Sunday and will start, as expected, against Colorado on Wednesday.
Cueto's lack of arm strength forced the Giants to scratch him from Friday's start against Cincinnati.
Bochy also said that right-hander Matt Cain, recovering from the removal of a cyst from his pitching arm, played long toss but probably will need at least two bullpen sessions before he can appear in an exhibition game.