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Muncy's Bat, Pitching Shines, But Defense Lets A's Down in Vegas

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I haven't bought MLB.TV for the spring and there was no radio for the game so pardon my MLB Gamecast and Fan Post Comment thread knowledge of the game in this recap guys :(

The A's fell to the MLB Top 100 Prospect Team (AKA the Cubs) in Vegas tonight 5-3 despite a three hit night from Max Muncy and six strikeouts from Drew Pomeranz. Ultimately, errors led to the downfall of the A's as they committed three of them and only allowed one earned run.

The A's started the game off strong as Craig Gentry singled on a grounder to former A's uber-prospect Addison Russell, who committed an error on the play allowing Gentry to reach second before Muncy singled him in.

However, after loading the bases with nobody out and Pomeranz on the mound, the Cubs tacked on two runs on a Matt Olson double error.

The Cubs added three more in the sixth off of Ryan Cook when Javier Baez reached on a Max Muncy error, followed by two singles and two doubles that extended the Cubs lead to 5-1.

The A's answered in the eighth when Muncy hit a Donn Roach pitch into the bleachers for his first home run of the spring.

However, the A's comeback attempt was silenced in the ninth when Jason Pridie struck out with Matt Olson on second base to end the game.

In the losing effort, both Arnold Leon and switch pitcher Pat Venditte pitched two scoreless innings a piece, with Venditte striking out Jacob Hannemann and Bijan Rademacher (Officially my favorite name of any prospect). In fact A's pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts in the losing effort.

Other than Muncy, the A's bats were generally silent as they generated four hits in non-Muncy at bats. Kent Matthes, who was the hero of yesterday's game againt the Mariners had a pinch hit single in relief of Marcus Semien, who grounded into a double play and struck out.

Tyler Ladendorf, who is in a battle for the utility infield spot went 0-4 with two strikeouts in a forgettable performance.

Overall, the A's bats and gloves did not show up tonight and that was the difference in a game dominated by strong pitching. With a lineup of mostly prospects who will find it hard to crack the opening day lineup, the A's stayed competitive and that's ultimately what matters in the Spring. Hopefully, they can crank out a win tomorrow back in Arizona when they take on the Cubs again. Thanks for reading!