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Recap: Royals @ A’s ST Game 11

March 11, 2012

A’s beat the Royals 10-8 today at Phoenix Muni and MLB says that the A’s are now 7-3 – that game with the Dodgers that resulted in a tie obviously does not count. I was always under the impression for standings’ sakes that split-squad games didn’t count but apparently they do? Regardless the A’s are a .700 team, if only these games sort of counted?

  • A’s featured a slew of less than stellar pitching performances which is a given anytime you allow eight runs. Starter Tommy Milone went three and 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking no one and getting one strikeout (Eric Hosmer, swinging). Ryan Cook also put in a clunker of an appearance, one two-earned-run inning with one hit, two walks and a strikeout.  And finally, Graham Godfrey had the worst outing of the lot going two innings of four earned run, five hit and one walk baseball getting no one retired on strikes. Fautino De Los Santos closed out the game and had an adventurous inning though it was scoreless, walking two and striking out two in the ninth.
  • Yoenis Cespedes appeared in game two of his Cactus League career and showed he is human by going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout – the K coming off of Royals farmhand Kelvin Herrera who has a total of two MLB innings to his name. Does he not like the DH role? Was it the pressure of hitting in the three spot? What is wrong? Is he just not that good? I am sure many people are asking all those questions. I am not one of them, but it is fun to be crazy excited over a player on the A’s that Twitter lights up each and everyone of his at bats regardless of the outcome.
  • Kila Ka’aihue playing against the team that traded him last September for the first time homered off of Royals prospect Mike Montgomery who had a rough outing allowing five of the Royals’ ten allowed runs. I think Ka’aihue wins a backup role sharing DH and 1B with Jonny Gomes (who was 1-for-3 with a double today) and Brandon Allen respectively. Daric Barton allegedly is going to be in the lineup tomorrow, but it appears as if he is not throwing yet and though he did slug a HR in a simulated game off of Sonny Gray that is certainly not enough to begin penciling him into the lineup.
  • Importantly, Josh Donaldson is hitting with a better stick lately, he went 2-for-5 today to up his spring slash line to .276/.364/.310 after a rough start. It seems his way to earn a spot on this team is third base or nothing else. Anthony Recker got the start behind the dish today and went 2-for-3.
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