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Recap: Diamondbacks @ A’s ST Game 19

March 19, 2012

There are games where you basically do a slew of things to lose and yet at the end of the game you find yourself on top. Today’s game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Phoenix Municipal Stadium was one of those games, yet the A’s win 6-5 and own the Cactus League’s best record at 14-4 (.778) second only overall to the Grapefruit League’s Detroit Tigers at 12-2 (.857).

  • Today’s game was notable if for no other reason than a miserable outing by Jarrod Parker that seems almost assured of seeing him optioned following the game as he goes three and two thirds innings, allowing two earned runs, on one hit and a staggering seven walks while striking out no one. Parker walked one in the first, two in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth before being relieved by Jordan Norberto.
  • Norberto meanwhile, another man from the Diamondbacks with notable control issues, walked no one in his one and a third innings while striking out one. He is making a serious case for a spot on this team and frankly has pitched better than the other lefty in the mix, Jerry Blevins (who pitched one inning allowing a two-run home run to Cody Ransom with a runner on via a free pass) who I expect to make the club if for no other reason than the fact that he is out of options.
  • The two pitchers vying to be closer also participated in today’s game with Brian Fuentes pitching a shutout and hitless inning with two strikeouts while Grant Balfour allowed a hit, a walk and struck out one in his inning of work. Neither have had impressive springs and one might have expected more out of them knowing they are fighting for a closer role but today’s outings lowered Fuentes’ ERA to 7.50 and Balfour’s to a gaudy 7.94.
  • Offensively, Collin Cowgill continued to make a heavy push for a roster spot going 2-for-3 with a triple while playing left field. New center fielder Yoenis Cespedes continued his struggles going 0-for-3 with a walk. I realize that it is very premature and early but I was a little surprised the A’s announced such a drastic move now when we can’t forget that this guy just hasn’t hit yet since his two hits in his first game this spring.
  • Three Athletics belted home runs today, Josh Reddick who got one off of fellow Josh, Josh Collmenter. Manny Ramirez who had one off of Colmenter as well and Brandon Allen who slashed one off of Wade Miley. It  was the second home run of the spring for all three gentlemen. While the home runs represented the only hits of the game for Ramirez and Allen, for Reddick it was part of a 2-for-4 day.
  • In the battle for third base/backup infielder Eric Sogard continued to lead the way with a 2-for-3 day, while Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with a walk and Wes Timmons went 0-for-3.
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