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Recap: A’s @ Diamondbacks ST Game 18

March 18, 2012

The Athletics took on the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale today at the Salt River Fields. The A’s got to face off against two former teammates in Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow and hopefully like the trade that sent them to Arizona, the A’s got the better end of the deal winning 11-2.

  • The starting pitcher for the A’s was Tyson Ross who improved on a very good spring. He looked shaky his first outing when I saw him live in Peoria but has been lights out since. In three innings today he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one lowering his Cactus League ERA to 0.90.
  • Kurt Suzuki had his first home run of the spring off of his former battery-mate Cahill. Cahill thought ‘Zuk was thinking sinker and went four-seam fastball an ‘Zuk made him pay. Kila Ka’aihue also had a home run, his second of the spring off of Dbacks reliever J.J. Putz.
  • Eric Sogard started today’s game and went 0-for-1 ending his consecutive games reaching base streak at fourteen games. Speaking of A’s on hot streaks, Brandon Moss went 3-for-3 with a home run off of Breslow in today’s matchup after replacing starter Jonny Gomes in left field. Moss’ four RBI day upped his spring slash line to .526/.550/.842.
  • It seems Neil Wagner is pitching himself out of a trip to Japan and a bullpen job in Oakland to start 2012. He had another tough outing today allowing two earned runs in his inning of work, though they were all the result of one pitch with them coming on a Matt Davidson home run. Davidson, the 97th best prospect as per Baseball America (a hair above his 2011 ranking of #99) has yet to play above High-A Visalia, so Wagner’s surrendering a home run to him is particularly inauspicious.
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