Well, Jarrod Parker might want to watch the homerun ball. He lasted only into the fifth inning today, allowing six hits; three of them homeruns, and four earned runs in his last tune-up before the regular season. The next time we will see him on the mound, the game will count! Jhoulys Chacin fared no better; he pitched five innings, allowing the A's ten hits and six runs.
Jeremy Barfield hit a homerun for the second A's run (the first and third were scored on groundouts), and Derek Norris singled in the A's fourth run. After the A's went down yet again in the game, Nate Freiman doubled in the two final (and winning!) runs on the day. Most of the starters--if they started at all--were pulled after one at-bat (Crisp, Lowrie, Reddick Cespedes, Moss, Young, Donaldson).
A bullpen combination of Okajima, Cook, Doolittle, and Ekstrom allowed just one run, as the A's held on for the 6-5 victory.
The A's pack up and fly home. They will be facing the Giants in San Francisco tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. And then? IT COUNTS!