With no trip to Classic, Cueto stays on path

With no trip to Classic, Cueto stays on path

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto showed the World Baseball Classic what it was missing Monday by displaying close to his top form in a five-inning effort against the White Sox in San Francisco's 3-2 Cactus League victory.

Cueto yielded one hit -- a fourth-inning triple by Peter Bourjos, who scored on Leury Garcia's sacrifice fly. Including a start in a Minor League exhibition last Wednesday, Cueto has surrendered two runs and six hits in his past 10 2/3 innings. That's a 1.69 ERA.

Had the Dominican Republic survived pool play in the Classic, Cueto likely would have received a start in the tournament's semifinals.

Cueto signs young fan's helmet

"I do know I was going to go crazy and pitch the way I always pitch," he said.

As San Francisco's projected No. 2 starter, Cueto probably will make his 2017 regular-season debut on April 4 at Arizona.

Worth noting

Aaron Hill, who has never played a game in the outfield during nearly 12 years of Major League service time, started in left field for the Giants and made a forceful and accurate one-hop throw home on Garcia's sacrifice fly that almost retired Bourjos. Hill's presence in left reflected the Giants' curiosity about keeping him on the Opening Day roster as a utilityman. Lifetime, he has started 1,164 games at second base, 157 at third base and 61 at shortstop.

Garcia's sacrifice fly

• Bochy said that infielder Ryder Jones, who was summoned from Minor League camp for Monday's game and accounted for all of San Francisco's scoring with his eighth-inning homer, will attempt to diversify himself in Triple-A. Primarily a third baseman, Jones will receive some playing time at first base and in left field this season.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.