Spring Game #2: Manaea, A's, power past Rockies with 9-4 win

Sean Manaea pitches two great innings for the A's at HoHoKam Stadium Friday. - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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There's a reason why Sean Manaea is the Athletics top-pitching prospect; and he demonstrated so by tossing two scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies -- while surrendering just one hit, one walk and striking out four -- en route to an Athletics 9-4 victory.

Despite allowing a free pass to Gerardo Parra in the first, Manaea looked phenomenal on the mound; inducing ground outs to both Cristhian Adames and Mark Reynolds -- sandwiched in between a D.J. LeMahieu strike out, to get the ball rolling for the A's offense.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Josh Reddick lined a sharp double down the left-field line and Danny Valencia immediately followed up with an RBI single off of Rockies starter Shane Carle, to get the A's on the board.

With an early 1-0 lead, the 24-year-old from Valparaiso, Indiana made quick work of Colorado's 5-6-7 hitters -- by striking out the side, and magnificently mixing up his fastball-change up combination to put away the opposition. Donny Baarns mentioned on the radio broadcast, that Manaea was consistently hitting 94-97 MPH on the radar gun; while praising him for his exceptional command and control.

Mesmerized by Manaea's second-inning performance... okay... and his hair, Oakland tagged Carle for six runs in the second, all of which included: back-to-back walks to Billy Butler and Matt Olson, a scorching single down the left-field line from Carson Blair and a bases-clearing three-RBI double from the newly-acquired Khris "Khrush" Davis -- mere inches away from a grand slam; putting the A's up by a touch down!

Sean Doolittle took over for the A's in the third; and surrendered back-to-back hits to Rafael Ynoa and Adames -- ultimately plating Colorado's first run of the game, before tight-roping out of danger.

Angel Castro and Dillon Overton carried the green and gold through the middle innings; posting three scoreless frames -- with four strikeouts, before Franklin Barreto crashed the party, with a solo-shot to left-center field. Things seemed peachy for the A's, until the late-innings of course.

After striking out Kyle Parker to begin the inning, Taylor Thompson walked the next three batters he faced (while raising my blood pressure) -- before inducing a pop-up to Ben Paulsen, followed by walking in a run. At this point, A's skipper Bob Melvin had seen enough -- and called upon right-hander Daniel Mengden, to end this 2015-esque bullpen nightmare; and he did so by blowing three fastballs by David Dahl to end the frame.

The Rockies tagged a couple of more runs in the eighth and ninth innings, although, they could never muster a rally together. Seth Frankoff took over in the ninth and shut the door -- en route to the Athletics first Cactus League victory of 2016!

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