Archive for Monday, March 31, 2003

Spring Training Roundup: Franklin pitches Seattle past San Francisco, 3-1

March 31, 2003


Just hours before the regular season began Sunday, the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants wrapped up the spring training schedule.

Ryan Franklin pitched four solid innings in Seattle's 3-1 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. He and five relievers combined on an eight-hitter.

"I gained a lot of confidence today in using my curve," Franklin said. "My game is pitching for contact. A curve gives me another pitch to use as a way to keep opponents off balance."

Franklin walked two and struck out one. The right-hander is scheduled to make his first start of the regular season Friday in Texas.

Marquis Grissom homered for San Francisco. Giants prospect Jesse Foppert gave up two runs -- one earned -- in five innings. He struck out five and took the loss.

"He pitches like he's been up in the majors for 10 years," manager Felipe Alou said.

In other exhibition games:

Athletics 12, River Cats 1

At Sacramento, Calif., Miguel Tejada hit a grand slam off John Halama to lead Oakland over its Triple-A affiliate. Jermaine Dye, Ramon Hernandez and Scott Hatteberg also homered for the A's.

Rockies 7, Drillers 1

At Tulsa, Okla., Chris Stynes hit a grand slam off Scott Elarton as Colorado beat its Double-A affiliate. Greg Norton added a two-run drive.

White Sox 4, Barons 3

At Birmingham, Ala., D'Angelo Jimenez scored the deciding run in the ninth inning as Chicago beat its Double-A affiliate. Miguel Olivo, the 2002 Southern League playoff MVP, went 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI for the White Sox.

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