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Recap: Dodgers @ A’s ST Game 7

March 7, 2012

In Japan if a game goes twelve innings and the two teams are tied in an effort to ensure fans can make the last train home the game is called and a tie is awarded. In Major League Baseball it isn’t over until it’s over with one key exception being spring training which explains why the Dodgers and A’s were able to play to a 3-3 tie this afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

  • Tyson Ross who looked pretty miserable when I saw him in Peoria last weekend, looked (box score wise at least) pretty sharp today as he went three innings of one hit and one walk baseball with two strikeouts facing a non-quite MLB caliber Dodgers lineup.
  • Jim Miller, a non-roster invitee who relieved Ross, looked miserable walking the first three batters he faced to load the bases. He walked one more in the inning and managed to allow two runs to cross the plate despite not allowing any hits, which isn’t entirely surprising when you walk the bases full.
  • Brian Fuentes and Fautino De Los Santos each pitched a hitless inning, striking out a batter each though Fuentes walked two to De Los Santos’ one. De Los Santos’ appearance gave him a camp high third pitching performance in the spring.
  • The A’s got eight hits to Los Angeles’ four. Of them Josh Reddick and Kurt Suzuki doubled. Reddick in particular has had a very impressive spring thus far leading A’s regulars with a .500/.500/.750 slash line in his four games.
  • Eric Sogard (0-for-3, with 2 BBs) again made a start, this time at third giving a break to Josh Donaldson. Wes Timmons (1-for-3) also in contention for that starting third baseman’s job got the start at second base.
  • Neil Wagner blew the late A’s lead nearly as soon as he entered the game in the seventh inning, helping to secure the tie.
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