Aybar homers, Adenhart shines

Aybar homers, Adenhart shines for Halos

at Tempe, Ariz.
Thursday, March 20

Giants at the plate: Brian Bocock had an RBI single. Eugenio Velez worked a pair of walks and stolen his 11th base of the spring in 14 attempts.

Angels at the plate: Erick Aybar continued his bid for the shortstop job with his third homer of the spring, a two-run blast. Gary Matthews Jr. extended his streak of consecutive hits to seven with a pair of singles, scoring on Vladimir Guerrero's double in the first with an artful hand-swipe slide. Chone Figgins (RBI double, single), Mike Napoli (RBI double, single) and Howie Kendrick (two singles) also had multi-hit games.

Giants on the mound: Southpaw Jonathan Sanchez yielded four runs (two earned) on 10 hits across five innings, striking out five hitters, three looking. Tyler Walker gave up a two-run homer in his one inning of relief.

Angels on the mound: Shaving his Cactus League ERA to 2.89, Nick Adenhart delivered six shutout innings, scattering three singles and two walks while striking out six. He has 13 strikeouts against three walks in 18 2/3 innings. Steve Marek yielded an unearned run in the seventh.

Cactus League records: Giants 6-17-2; Angels 14-7

Up next for Angels: Jered Weaver (4-0, 1.29 ERA) gets his first look at hitters under the lights on Friday when he faces the Rangers at 6:05 p.m. PT in Surprise, Ariz. The game will be televised by KCOP (Ch. 13) in Southern California. Right-hander Sidney Ponson gets the start for the Rangers as Weaver, who has allowed only five hits in 14 spring innings, tries to stretch it out in his bid for the Opening Day assignment against the Twins.

Up next for Giants: Barry Zito, who owns a 14.92 spring ERA and has allowed seven runs or more in three of his four starts, will attempt to creep closer to his usual form Friday when the Giants entertain the Chicago White Sox in Scottsdale, Ariz. Right-hander Gavin Floyd is scheduled to oppose Zito.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.