Hundley launches grand slam in spring finale

Hundley launches grand slam in spring finale

OAKLAND -- Catcher Nick Hundley belted a grand slam off A's starter Andrew Triggs, helping the Giants claim a 6-3, Bay Bridge Series-sweeping victory at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon to cap the exhibition season.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano also homered for San Francisco, a two-run shot against A's No. 5 starter Raul Alcantara in the seventh, and right-hander Tyler Beede did his part with four innings. Beede, ranked by MLB Pipeline as San Francisco's No. 1 prospect, held the A's to two runs and five hits -- including Matt Joyce's two-run double in the third -- in that span.

Joyce's two-run double

Following the game, Beede hugged his teammates in the clubhouse as he got set to bid adieu and rejoin the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. The 23-year-old righty made well on his audition for the Giants brass in a big league setting.

"It was just a fun experience," Beede said. "It was kind of the first bite of the ice cream. You want more of it. So I'll just continue to look forward to getting back up here, knowing that I need to stay focused and continue to work and improve upon what I need to improve upon."

Beede K's five over four innings

Triggs was unable to complete four innings, going 3 2/3 with four runs and six hits allowed in his final tuneup ahead of his scheduled season debut against the Angels on Thursday. The right-hander walked a batter and hit two, striking out four.

"The goal coming in was to get the cutter back working because it had kind of taken a backseat while I was working on changeups lately, and I threw some really good ones I was happy with, save for the one to Hundley," Triggs said. "It was good. I accomplished what I was trying to do. The results obviously need to be better than what they were, but in terms of pitch selection and getting ready for Thursday, I was pretty pleased."

Hundley finished with two hits for the Giants, who also saw Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez notch doubles in the win. On the other side, A's catcher Josh Phegley collected an RBI double in the sixth against lefty Michael Roth.

Phegley's RBI double

Giants Up Next: Ace Madison Bumgarner is set to take the mound for his fourth straight Opening Day start for the Giants, who will face Arizona on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. PT in Phoenix. In his final spring tuneup Monday, Bumgarner allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out nine in seven innings against the Reds.

A's Up Next: The A's open the regular season against the division-rival Angels at home on Monday, with right-hander Kendall Graveman readying to make his first career Opening Night start. First pitch at the Coliseum is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT, with plans in place for the A's to dedicate Rickey Henderson Field during a pregame ceremony.

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