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Recap: Cubs @ A’s ST Game 20

March 20, 2012

A’s and Cubs met today at Phoenix Municipal Stadium where a late bottom of the ninth comeback helped the A’s to their second tie of the Cactus League schedule. Unlike their previous tie against the Dodgers this one went the “full 10” ending 5-5.

  • Kila Ka’aihue is making a late attempt at winning the first base job with his second home run in his past three games. Today his home run came off of Esmailin Caridad who saw limited time with the North Siders in 2009 and 2010. The other two competitors also participated in today’s game, Daric Barton went 0-for-2 with a K and Brandon Allen came in as a defensive replacement not seeing any time at the plate.
  • Brandon McCarthy got the start in his last game before the opener. He went four innings, allowing four runs (just two of them earned) on five hits, while walking three and striking out one. His spot atop the rotation assured, there wasn’t the pressure to perform this year as there was last and that is evident in the results. This spring McCarthy had three starts throwing eleven and two-thirds innings of four walk, six strikeout baseball without allowing a home run adding to a 4.63 ERA and roughly a 3.20 FIP. Last Cactus League he went 26 innings in six games (three starts) allowing a home run, walking just one, and striking out twenty en route to a 4.50 ERA but outstanding roughly 2.28 FIP.
  • Pedro Figueroa, with an outside shot still of making this team – though it seems if the A’s go with three left-handed pitchers Jordan Norberto has the edge over him with Brian Fuentes and Jerry Blevins being locks – continued his scoreless spring throwing an inning allowing one hit and striking out one. Andrew Carignan who is also looking for one of these final roster spots, pitched an inning allowing a hit and striking out two. Fautino De Los Santos and Ryan Cook, whom I think both make the team, both pitched hitless innings, striking out one apiece.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 today to lift his batting average to .200. One hit being a double helped bring his slash line to .200/.286/.360 on the spring. Coco Crisp, moved to left field by Cespedes’ arrival, started at his new position today and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington who have the most job security of perhaps any Athletics both made errors today. Weeks made two fielding, where as he is apt to do Pennington made his on the throw. Both men didn’t do anything on the opposite side of the field to make up for their miscues as they both went 0-for-4.
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