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Fuentes Fails, But "Murderers Row" Offense Picks Him Up For 8-6 Win

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This would have been way cool if the ball hadn't been bounced weakly to SS.
This would have been way cool if the ball hadn't been bounced weakly to SS.

The temptation to write a recap of a game you didn't see, hear, or follow is just too great, so here goes.

Jarrod Parker skated through 3.1 scoreless innings that filled the scorecard with 2 hits, 3 BBs, and 4 Ks, while Brian Fuentes skated more like an inebriated one-legged octogenarian in a 6th inning that turned a 3-0 A's lead into a 4-3 deficit. Andrew Carignan continued his strong bid to crack the bullpen, with 1.2 IP of shutout ball with just one hit and three Ks.

Meanwhile the A's offense, evidently quite inspired by the hit TV series "Eight is Enough" (and honestly, who isn't inspired by that terrific tour de force of acting and writing?), came back by parlaying 9 hits into 8 runs -- 5 of those runs coming in a decisive bottom of the 7th.

Collin Cowgill continues to impress, now batting .385 with 6 RBIs after a hit, and an RBI, in his lone AB. Josh Donaldson continues to struggle in the field, charged with his 3rd error of the spring. And the A's continued to show more power than they are projected to have in 2012, with today's HR contributions coming from Manny Ramirez and Josh Reddick.

Now be honest: Doesn't it look like I know what the heck I'm talking about? I don't. What I do know is this: The A's are now 9-3 in the Cactus League, and that almost guarantees that they project to win 95 games this season. Hey, it's March -- I get to think like that.