Athletics: 5 Cubs: 5
Down by three in the ninth, the A’s were able to come back and the tie the game after a 3-run rally, which started off with a solo home run from Jonny Gomes. The A’s tried to win it again in the 10th, but fell short after Yoenis Cespedes hit into a game ending double play.
Lines of the Day:
- Kila Ka’aihue: 2 AB, 2 H, 1 Run, 2 RBI. Ka’aihue hit his second home run in three days today, he was also resposible for the game tying RBI, which came in the form of a double.
Ugly Lines of the Day:
- Brandon McCarthy: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 earned), 3 BB and 1 strikeout. McCarthy may have struggled due to a finger nail that was tearing off his middle finger, but he tells Joe Stighlich he’s not worried about it.
- Jemile Weeks: 4 AB, 0 Hit, 2 Errors. Weeks was not the only player today to go O-fer, but he happened to be the only player today to have two errors in the game (his 3rd this Spring).
- Bob Melvin announced earlier today that Grant Balfour will be A’s closer come opening day. Balfour had a 5-2 record last season with a 2.47 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, 8.56 SO/9 and 2.90 BB/9 over 62 innings of relief. Balfour also had 2 saves in 7 opportunities last season.
- The A’s also announced that Brad Peacock was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
- Following today’s game and throwing another clean inning for the A’s this Spring, Pedro Figueroa was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
- Along with Week’s 2 errors, Cliff Pennington tacked on his own in the 9th (5th this Spring), 2 of those 3 errors lead to 3 unearned runs.
- The A’s now have their 30-man roster set for Japan, which includes three non-roster invitees, Travis Schlichting, Evan Scribner and Wes Timmons.
Tomorrow the A’s face the Royals in what will be their final game of Spring Training. Probable pitchers are (RHP) Graham Godfrey and (RHP) Luis Mendoza.