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Recap: Brewers @ A’s ST Game 13

March 13, 2012

The A’s keep winning and now own a 9-3 record as they got by the Brew Crew with an 8-6 win today in Phoenix. While they aren’t the American League’s best team – that honor goes to Detroit (7-1) and several teams still are ahead of them, Toronto (9-2) and Boston (7-2). Oakland is the best team in the Cactus League, an honor they share with the Mariners and Dodgers (though the Dodgers do it with a 6-2 record as opposed to Oakland and Seattle’s 9-3 records).

  • Jarrod Parker got the start for the A’s and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits, struggling a bit with control walking three and striking out four. Looked a lot better than his last outing against the Dodgers. His overall numbers on the spring are quite impressive, 7 1/3 innings with six walks and nine strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA. Walks are a concern but for all we know Parker is working on pitches or grips and is missing some spots.
  • Another cause for concern was Brian Fuentes‘ nightmare outing: one inning, three hits, four earned runs, one walk including a three-run home run to Martin Maldonado a guy with one at bat (a strikeout) in his MLB career. Maldonado is a right-handed hitter, perhaps more concerning are that the walk (Mat Gamel) and two other hits (Taylor Green and Logan Schafer) were to left-handed hitters.
  • Two pitchers causing no concerns right now are Andrew Carignan (1 2/3 innings, with a hit and three strikeouts) and surprisingly Jordan Norberto who earned the win in today’s contest by pitching an inning of one hit and three strikeout baseball. Norberto has an impressive 3.50 K/BB ratio this spring.
  • A five run seventh inning is what permitted the A’s to win this game getting four of their nine hits in that inning including an Anthony Recker double. Furthermore, two other A’s with hot springs had hits in the inning, Eric Sogard and Collin Cowgill.
  • Two new A’s also got their first home runs of the spring as Manny Ramirez took starter Michael Fiers (two innings MLB experience) deep in the second inning and Josh Reddick took Tim Dillard deep in the 6th for solo shots.
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