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Recap: A’s @ Mariners ST Game 15

March 16, 2012

Joey Devine has been set down due to right bicep soreness which might open up an additional bullpen spot as the out-of-options right-hander seemed assured of a roster spot. Mariners split squad came to Phoenix to take on the A’s. The A’s were winners 6-1 and own the top spot in the Cactus League with an 11-3 record. Shame these games don’t count, because the A’s are rolling.

  • The Mariners brought some legit starters with them but strangely for a spring training game had every position player but one – catcher Jesus Sucre – play the game start-to-finish.
  • Graham Godfrey got the start for the A’s and allowed the lone run in this game to the Mariners. Godfrey pitched three and two-thirds, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five.
  • Jerry Blevins, Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour and Jordan Norberto all pitched scoreless and walk-free baseball. Norberto went two innings striking out two allowing a hit. Fuentes and Balfour both pitched an inning each allowing a hit a piece while Fuentes struck out one batter.
  • Collin Cowgill lined out to Luis Rodriguez in the sixth inning ending a streak of eleven straight plate appearances reaching base. He went 8-for-8 with three walks during the streak.
  • Another still impressive but slightly less so reaching base streak continued tonight. Eric Sogard who went 1-for-3 with a double has reached base in every game he has participated in this spring, thirteen. He is now hitting .382/.447/.647 on the spring.
  • In the first base battle, Brandon Allen went 2-for-3 and was replaced by Daric Barton who went 0-for-1 meaning he still is hitless on the spring in his eleven plate appearances. Odds are looking poor for him making this squad out of camp.
  • The Mariners starter in this ballgame was Hisashi Iwakuma whom the A’s of course bid upon last year when he was posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles but failed to make a deal. In four innings, Athletics sluggers got five runs (three of them earned) off of seven hits off him, with him walking one and striking out three.
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