The A's opened their year just as you would have hoped; routing the Giants 10-5 as they played their first tune-up of the Spring. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto, our new guys, opened the game with singles before Josh Reddick, making his first baby steps on the comeback trail, singled in the A's first run, recording his first RBI in his first at-bat. Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to plate the A's second run, and after Brandon Moss grounded out, Alberto Callaspo singled in the A's third run. The newly healed John Jaso plated the A's fourth run of the inning with a single of his own, and Michael Taylor grounded out to end the inning. (He did; however, do something different in the fourth.)
Jesse Chavez breezed through his two innings, allowing just a single. Everyone else that pitched after him also pitched well: Lindblom, Abad, Scribner, Werner, Nieve, with the exception of Deryk Hooker (Sadly, not a spelling mistake by me), who completely melted down in the ninth. Josh Reddick also made two ridiculous catches in the field, apparently, since I was on radio, but boy did they sound good.
The A's added to their 4 in the 1st with 6 in the 4th. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto (I sense a trend) led off the inning with two more singles, and after Reddick grounded out, Cespedes picked up the RBI on a single of his own. Brandon Moss singled Punto and Cespedes home, and after Callaspo collected a base hit, Stephen Vogt tripled in both of them. Michael Taylor singled in Vogt for the A's sixth run, and all the A's bullpen had to do was hang on to win. Deryk (seriously!?) Hooker tried his best to give it up, but only allowed 4 runs.