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Recap: A’s @ Royals ST Game 21

March 21, 2012

The A’s played their last Cactus League game today in Surprise. They have a few exhibitions in Japan, two real games in Japan, then return for more games that do not count stateside. The A’s finished the Cactus League on a sour note though falling to Kansas City 8-3. The A’s finish with a 14-5 record, tops among the Cactus League competitors. It is possible for another club to beat their winning percentage, but the A’s will finish with the fewest losses.

  • In the horse race for non-roster invitee to make the 40-man roster, Travis Schlichting took a licking today throwing 1/3 of an inning allowing four earned runs on five hits, with a walk. It caused his springtime ERA to jump to 6.52. Meanwhile Evan Scribner, threw two innings, allowing a walk and two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 1.64. Of course there is no assurance that either make it onto the 40-man. While Schlichting and Scribner will be joining the A’s in Japan, another NRI, Erick Threets pitched a three strikeout inning all swinging.
  • Starter Graham Godfrey who looks like he will win a rotation spot struggled in his start today. He went three innings, allowing three earned runs, on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout, allowing a home run to Lorenzo Cain.
  • Cedric Hunter managed a home run off of Royals prospect Jeremy Jeffress, one of the pitchers who came to Kansas City from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade. It was the lone extra base hit for Oakland.
  • The A’s were fanned twelve times by Kansas City pitching. Josh Donaldson who today received a seeming vote of no-confidence from Bob Melvin who said that the third base job is not yet wrapped up, was the lone Athletic to be fanned twice going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
  • First-base candidate Daric Barton went 1-for-3 with a strikeout while DH’ing while Brandon Allen went 2-for-3 with a strikeout as he tries to fend off both Barton and the insurgent Kila Ka’aihue.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasper & Ghosts permalink
    March 22, 2012 12:00 pm

    Your boy Donaldson has been on fire !

    • March 22, 2012 5:20 pm

      Harsh! I think is looking good in the field and I still like him at third perhaps sharing it with Sogard if not winning it outright?

  2. March 22, 2012 4:32 pm

    Barton to third? If Melvin played Conor Jackson there several times,why not make Barton return to third base?

  3. Drew W permalink
    March 22, 2012 6:16 pm

    Does Sogard have the arm for 3rd? I’m asking–I don’t know. I know that Rosales does. Barton came up as a catcher, so his arm is probably good.
    This makes me appreciate Chavez even more. Hell, this makes me appreciate Jack Hannahan, hoho.
    If Donaldson doesn’t make the cut at third, then what for him? It looks like Recker will back up Suzuki until Derek Norris takes over. Does Donaldson get sent down to catch again?

    • March 25, 2012 1:21 pm

      Sogard’s arm is passable at third. I have to think Barton could be an option at third, don’t get why the A’s have been so seemingly reluctant to try it out. I don’t see the benefit of sending Donaldson back to Sacramento again. I think he makes this club and is permitted some growing pains.

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