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Recap: A’s @ Dodgers ST Game 8

March 8, 2012

Yoenis Cespedes is now 7-for-12 with two home runs in his two simulation games. If there is anything that ought to count for even less than a spring training game it is a simulation game in spring training. Despite this, we’re A’s fans, we need to be excited that we just might have a legitimate bat in our lineup for the next four years. Onto the “more real” game of the day which the A’s participated in in Glendale falling to the Dodgers 7-2. Some notes:

  • Jarrod Parker had a pretty dismal outing today. He went two innings allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks while only striking out one.
  • Jordan Norberto came in for the bottom of the third and facing Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera and Matt Kemp strikes out all three swinging. Really looked electric. Don’t see a way that he makes this team, but he certainly left a good impression today that was much different than what A’s fans and Diamondbacks viewers had grown accustomed to from Norberto.
  • Joey Devine too had a miserable outing. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning walking three and allowing one hit. Four runs scored on him, all earned and he only K’d one. Devine who some have felt is a sleeper for the closer role, or how like Mychael Urban of the San Francisco Examiner said in an argument I disagreed with in nearly every way possible, “in 2008, Devine posted a 0.59 ERA in 42 games. If he’s healthy, he’s a closer. In mind and body. He’s your best case,” as if what happened in 2008 has bearing over what to do in 2012, is certainly not making a good case this spring with outings like this when he is in a decidedly underdog role to winning that spot.
  • Pedro Figueroa and Erick Threets pitched scoreless innings, each allowing a hit, with Figueroa walking one and K’ing two and Threets walking none and K’ing one. Former Dodger and non-roster invitee Travis Schlichting pitched two innings but a mistake to Alex Castellanos resulted in a home run and the lone run he allowed. Otherwise Schlichting struck out three, walked no one, and allowed no other hits in his two innings of work.
  • With five hits the A’s did not do too much on offense. Cliff Pennington, Collin Cowgill, Wes Timmons, Adam Rosales and Jonny Gomes got the hits for the A’s. Rosales’ and Gomes’ were both doubles. A’s hitters left seven men stranded and were 0-for-7 with RISP.
  • Michael Choice got the start in center field today went 0-for-2 striking out both times at the plate.
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