Hello everyone. My name’s whaxed and I’m an A’s-aholic. I didn’t think I was, but here we are in early March, heartbeat quickening just a little bit because our Green and Gold are facing off against a AAA pitcher and his split-squad Seattle mates. I admit it now. I’m so addicted that since the A’s broadcast isn’t on quite yet I switched to Houston’s. Houston? Well, they’re in the AL West now and that’s the closest to the A’s I can get at the moment, so that’s what I’m doing. If you’re saying hello to Chris Carter because you’re waiting for the A’s you might be an addict also. Just saying.
Milone takes the baseball and a lineup of likely starters for the A’s. I like Nakajima in the 2-hole this early, let his bat get some work and see what he can do so you can decide where to place him in the order when the games start counting. Sizemore saw action, allaying all our injury worries.
Seattle pitcher Maurer looked to have a big breaking ball and played it well following with high fastballs that A’s batters chased out of the strikezone. His breaking ball was so good he experimented with sailing one of them above Hiro’s head to predictable results.
My goodness, what is that horrific static coming from MLB.com? I think Vince Cotroneo is putting on his Mic and it sounds like someone forcing their pet robot cat into a coffee grinder. Can we pass around a collection jar and get some decent audio? I know it is Spring Training but come on.
Tommy walked the game’s leadoff batter, Andino, seemingly on purpose so he could embarrass him with his pickoff move. Seattle snagged a few sharply hit balls, but no damage and Milone kept his pitch count economical through three innings. Three Ks, one walk, he has not been scored upon this spring. Lowrie made a couple plays in the field to assist. The bottom half of Seattle’s lineup were minor leaguers, Zunino, Miller, Catricala and Martinez, John Sickles rating Zunino and Miller with an A- and B+ respectively.
Cespedes delivered the opening blow after a Nakajima hit, a balk, and a Reddick walk. Yoenis liftied his spring batting average to .118. Exactly nobody is worried.
Reddick poked a 2-out RBI with runners at the corners in the 4th, for those who are itching to see him regress to a reasonable average with RISP.
Lowrie played good D and hit a two run bomb against AAA pitcher D.J. Mitchell.
Norris saws his bat in half to carve an RBI out for himself, driving in Chris Young.
Green had a rough sixth, unable to field a ball that ran deep, loading the bases. Gray then induced a comebacker to force an out but Green threw the ball away for a two run error.
Sonny Gray gave up said two runs navigating through some hits and Green’s error in the fifth. Sonny also gave up a bomb to Andino in the sixth, accounting for all three of Seattle’s runs. Work out the kinks now my young oxymoron.
Choice had a nice running catch in the 9th.
Parrino homered off Jeremy Bonderman, who managed to make it through three innings pitching for Seattle without anyone throwing a chair.
Sea: 3 runs, 11 hits, no errors
A’s: 7 runs, 11 hits, 1 error.
Somewhat uneventful game, but I couldn’t help myself, so I’m still paying attention because—come on! Baseball! Best news is that everyone stayed healthy and we’re one game closer to Opening Day.