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Recap: A’s @ Rockies ST Game 9

March 9, 2012

The Rockies didn’t want to let the A’s use a designated hitter. Never got the way this works. It’s a spring training game, why bother with these sorts of rules? Let the A’s have a DH, the Rockies if they want their pitchers to get some work in the batter’s box, let them hit. Frustrating. But anyhow, the A’s won 6-4 so they weren’t hamstrung too much by having their pitchers hit in this one.

  • Brandon McCarthy got the start today and went 4 2/3 innings for the A’s. He allowed four hits against a decent Rockies lineup, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking none while striking out three. Good to see him already getting his inning count up in advance of the early start the A’s have in Japan, and also is nice to see that his control is still there. In his two at-bats he earned himself two strikeouts.
  • Grant Balfour finally had a good outing which is nice to see, though these games don’t mean anything something we must always remind ourselves about when players are doing poorly though always it is something easily ignored when players perform well. In his one inning he allowed just one hit and struck out one.
  • Andrew Carignan is having a good spring. Today was his third outing, he has pitched a total of three innings, allowing two hits walking none and striking out two. Today’s outing was hitless with one strikeout. I really think Carignan has a good shot at making this club. Carignan can throw 94-96, has a good slider and decent changeup. Not sure exactly how he fits in with this club but I really wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks camp with Oakland given the early results, and the fact that he wasn’t that bad in his limited exposure to MLB hitting last year.
  • Oakland managed twelve hits in this one including a double from Josh Donaldson who hasn’t had the start to the spring that he’d have wished for. Another struggling Athletic with an extra-base hit was Collin Cowgill who also had a double. Coco Crisp getting the start in center had a triple and Grant Green got a home run. I know there are some who have said that the A’s moved Green from the middle infield to the outfield so he shouldn’t be considered for the third base job. To that I sort of say so what? Jemile Weeks this time last year didn’t look to have a hope in hell of contributing to the A’s in 2011, but he did and was a pleasant surprise. Is it that far-fetched to think the same of Green who suddenly has a lot of guys ahead of him on the depth chart in center field? Last year he was alright with Midland going .291/.343/.408 with a .330 wOBA and 97 wRC+. But in the Arizona Fall League he did a lot better, with much more power going .290/.342/.551 with a .370 wOBA and 105 wRC+ against pretty decent competition. Never say never…
  • Eric Sogard seems intent on winning himself a spot on this team having had another great day going 3-for-5 to boost his spring slash line to .360/.407/.680. If I am Adam Rosales (0-for-1 as a sub in this one), I am looking over my shoulder right about now.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasper & Ghosts permalink
    March 10, 2012 2:27 pm

    Looking forward to seeing Yoenis Cespedes today and the game is on T.V ! Eric Sogard is our third baseman and deserves it.

  2. Kasper & Ghosts permalink
    March 10, 2012 4:01 pm

    Cespedes looks ready for opening day too me

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