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Recap: A’s @ Brewers ST Game 6

March 6, 2012

A’s and Brewers “battled” today in Maryvale. This marked the first televised A’s spring training matchup, no thanks to CSNSportsNetCalifornia but thank you FoxSportsWisconsin. The broadcast as with most spring ones, was heavy on interviews and light on play-by-play so we got to hear interviews of a slew of Brew Crew favorites. Regardless watching the A’s beats listening to them on the somewhat poorly produced MLB.com broadcasts so it was sight for sore eyes regardless. A’s win it 6-0.

  • Jemile Weeks sure likes to impress his brother Rickie Weeks. Playing opposite him, Jemile went 2-for-4 and in the first in a round down chased down his brother tagging him out on a dive. Much more regular season than spring training on that play. Weeks was gunned down trying to steal second on a great throw by Jonathan Lucroy and later stole second successfully later in the game. Problem is – as it was a problem often last year too – his sliding still is so late. He is destined to break a finger, both times nearly oversliding second.
  • Strikeouts were a big problem for A’s hitters as Brewers pitchers downed them eight times including Josh Donaldson three times in the game. One guy who only struck out once was Chris Carter who actually looked much less lost at the plate than he has when we’ve seen him in times past. Carter had a really nice double off of Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo who looked very sharp striking out four.
  • While Brewers pitchers racked up eight K’s, the A’s pitchers did too. A’s pitchers however also limited the Brewers to just two hits Tommy Milone allowing one to Lucroy and Jerry Blevins allowing one to Logan Schafer. Ryan Cook pitched two hitless innings as did Graham Godfrey and Andrew Carignan threw one hitless frame.
  • Eric Sogard got yet another start going 1-for-3. He has now played every day in the spring missing just one game became he couldn’t be in two places at one time while the split-squads were playing. This is only noteworthy in the sense that it truly shows how few options the A’s have in the infield with Adam Rosales not 100%. The only player who is not an infielder to play in five games is Collin Cowgill who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in this contest.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Danny permalink
    March 7, 2012 11:00 am

    Do you think playing Sogard as much as possible gives the A’s the best look at him for the utility role? They could have brought up another guy from the minor league camp right?
    With Rosales still not healthy and not a lot of depth, I think Sogard & Timmons might get a spot on the roster.
    Do you know how Donaldson is doing defensively? He sure isn’t impressing w/ the bat.
    I want Carter to succeed, but I don’t see how he can nab the DH spot out of camp unless he erupts in AZ or is sharing the DH role. OF is too crowded, and one will move to DH unless they are traded before opening day. Do you see a chance of that happening? Gomes, Smith, Cowgil?

    • March 7, 2012 8:35 pm

      I think that Sogard playing as much as he has is more a function of the A’s not having many other players to play and it being better to get looks at the MLB players than throwing out guys from the low-minors in there to be potentially overmatched. He can certainly take advantage of the many looks he is getting to make his case and hopefully he does.

      Sogard and Timmons could certainly win themselves spots, but I see it as unlikely for both to. Now Donaldson hasn’t looked great, he particularly looked really bad versus Milwaukee though when I saw him in person against Seattle he hit a lot of balls well that M’s fielders make good plays on, but I think it’d take a lot for him to lose the job and for the A’s to open a roster spot to let a Timmons get on.

      I don’t know what to think about the designated hitter/outfield. It’ll be interesting to see how everything works out… for now I am in wait and see mode.

      • Danny permalink
        March 8, 2012 11:14 am

        “for now I am in wait and see mode”… In true A’s fashion. hahahaha. I’ve been in wait and see mode for the longest on many of A’s issues.

      • March 8, 2012 3:18 pm

        Ha! Well it is dependent upon Cespedes. If Cespedes makes the roster it totally changes the dynamic. If I had MY way, I’d have Smith-Cespedes-Reddick with Coco and Cowgill as backup OFers. Gomes sharing DH with Kila maybe and being available to back up the OF?

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