Scott Kazmir faced off against Tim Hudson in a battle of A's fans hearts. Neither pitched great, but neither was all that bad either. The A's are relying on Kazmir to pitch a lot of innings this year and I think it'll work out more often than not. He had a good looking slider and his fastball was hitting 93.
Tim Hudson would have had a better pitching line if he had had someone other than Michael Morse in LF today. He misplayed a ball down the line into allowing Crisp to score the first run of the game in the top of the 3rd. He made an error that allowed Josh Reddick to reach base on a ball that was in his glove. He made an ill-advised dive at a ball hit by Donaldson and turned an RBI single into an RBI triple. This guy is going to cost his team a lot of runs and that puts a smile on my face.
Hudson lasted 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, allowing 1 BB and striking out 6. He had a good looking 2 seamer, and split finger going today. He did give up 4 runs, thanks in large part to Morse. Coco had a rough day striking out to start the game and finishing with 3 strike outs in 5 AB's.
Cespedes had a couple of hard hit balls today and unfortunately one of them was turned into a double play. Josh Reddick absolutely crushed one out in the 6th to cap the scoring. That ball could still be skipping along McCovey Cove if it hadn't hit a pole and been denied a splash shot.
Kazmir finished with 5 and 1/3 innings pitched, didn't allow a hit until the 4th and struck out 4. His only trouble came when he allowed a 1 out double to Pence and walked Brandon Belt to end his night.
Otero came in and struck out Buster Posey on a pretty good looking sinker. Pablo Sandoval then hit a very deep flyball into right center that Reddick caught at the wall. That was the closest the Giants came to scoring.
David Huff replaced Hudson in the 7th and got a 1-2-3 inning. Drew Pomeranz came in for the bottom of the 7th and sandwiched a walk with a couple of strike outs and pitched 1 and 2/3rds scoreless innings. Scribner came in and closed out the game for the A's.
The Giants only threatened in two innings and the A's took advantage of Michael Morse having an outfield job in San Francisco. It wasn't the most exciting game, it wasn't the prettiest win, but Cespedes and Reddick had good at bats. There is some encouragement with Kazmir looking decent.
I know it's only Spring Training, and much like the points in Whose Line is it Anyway? the stats don't matter, but damned if I'm not excited for this season, A's fans. There is always a feeling I get at the end of Spring Training when the A's play the Giants....baseball season is back. The games matter again.
*This Recap was made possible (in part) by the game thread contest.
I've been Bartonement and a happy FTG to you all!