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Recap: Reds @ A’s ST Game 10

March 10, 2012

I got to go and check out a second spring training game today in Phoenix and got to see the debut of Yoenis Cespedes. First let me tell you, I am a full 100% believer in Yoenis Cespedes now. Having seen his debut, I am ready to buy into the hype. I’m ready to anoint him our team’s star, I am ready to give him our All-Star selection, etc. It was that sort of an atmosphere where anything was possible and Cespedes delivered. A’s won 6-3 which was a bonus, onto the notes:

  • Si Cespedes! That was exciting. First off he had the most exciting taking six pitches for a walk at bat of my lifetime. The crowd was literally buzzing about it. Perhaps no other club’s fan base would appreciate their highest paid player making their debut with a six-pitch walk but hey, welcome to Oakland! Second time up he singles up the middle to score Josh Donaldson, but the third time up he gets a dose of offspeed crap from Jeff Francis. When Francis goes fastball, Cespedes makes him pay with a no-doubter to left field. Standing O from the crowd. Cespedes has arrived.
  • Aside from Cespedes, Donaldson had a nice little game for himself going 2-for-3 and making some impressive defensive plays as well. Seems he is finally getting into a groove. One of his hits was a cheap one, guess it makes up for the robberies against him in Peoria last weekend. Baseball always evens out in that respect.
  • On the pitching rubber Bartolo Colon looked very good through three before running into some trouble in the fourth. Interesting that the A’s already have their Japan series pitchers going relatively deep into games, deep for Cactus League this early at least. Final line on Colon versus a not-really-fully stacked Cincinnati lineup: four innings pitched, one earned run, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts.
  • Brad Peacock also went a relatively long three innings. I really like this kid but he was a little shaky as he has been all spring. I think we see him start in Sacramento for certain. His line: three innings, two runs (one earned), no walks and two K’s.
  • Both Brian Fuentes and Neil Wagner threw an inning a piece as well both allowed a hit in their innings of work, though Wagner also added a strikeout.
  • In a funny moment Seth Smith clearly was unaware of how many outs there were and came up firing from left field. With there being two outs and his catch securing the third everyone looked around baffled for a minute.

Some footage I shot at the game including Cespedes’ first Cactus League hit (I need to work more on following the ball as you’ll see):

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2012 7:56 pm

    No video of Rosales? You wasted a trip!

    But in all seriousness, great stuff.

  2. Hungary4A'sNews permalink
    March 11, 2012 8:06 am

    One statement about the report:

    “Si Cespedes!” = Classic

    To my SoCal pals… with all respect to Cesar Chavez ..

    D.W. I suggest you copyright this phrase..Right Now!

    listened to game and happy to hear the Radio Trio… but still miss Bill King.

    • March 11, 2012 12:30 pm

      I wish it were mine. Don’t know the origin but saw it as a big time hashtag on Twitter a few weeks ago. It is a great one isn’t it?

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