We are now finishing up the first week of spring training and the A’s finish the week with a 2-5 record. Today’s loss came against the San Francisco Giants and the final score was 13-9. The good news is real baseball begins a month from today and that there is plenty of games for the A’s to play before then.
A lot of runs were allowed today, but ten of the thirteen were allowed by only two pitchers. Jerry Blevins pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed four hits, three runs (only two allowed) and struck out one. The error that caused the unearned run to score was committed by Jemile Weeks. Travis Blackley was hit the hardest today, allowing five hits (two singles, one double, one triple and a home run), seven earned runs and two walks over a third of an inning.
Despite the thirteen runs allowed, the pitching wasn’t all bad today. Jarrod Parker started today’s game and pitched two innings in his spring debut. Parker allowed one hit, no runs and struck out two while walking none. Ryan Cook also made his spring debut and pitched an inning while only allowing a walk. Sean Doolittle also pitched for the first time this spring and only allowed a hit over an inning of work.
The offense was not a problem today, as the team combined for nine runs on fourteen hits and four walks, while going 6-21 with runners in scoring position. Here are some of the lines from the team’s hitters today:
- Jemile Weeks started at second today and went 1-3 with an RBI. He is now 6-11 this spring with five RBI.
- Chris Young returned to the lineup today and started in center field. He went 2-3 with a strikeout.
- Jed Lowrie started at shortstop today and went 0-2 with a walk and run.
- Derek Norris started behind the plate and went 1-1 before he was replaced by John Jaso. Jaso finished the day going 0-2.
- Seth Smith started in right field today and went 1-2 with a triple, a walk and a run.
- Daric Barton was at first again today and went 1-2 with a RBI.
- Michael Choice continues to hit this spring, going 2-2 with an RBI. He is now 9-16 this spring with six RBI.
Tomorrow the A’s will face the Colorado Rockies and Tom Milone will be making his spring debut for the A’s.