On a Friday afternoon in Mesa, Arizona the A’s won nicely behind strong pitching and seven runs from a lineup that was missing Lowrie, Piscotty, and a Matt (Olson).
I wish I had more to say about this game, but it turns out 95.7 was not covering A's baseball today. Whoops. Unfortunately, I'm going off Gameday and the whisperings of my knockoff Cespedes jersey here.
Daniel Mengden had the start, and on the fifth pitch of the game, gave up a homer to Bradley Zimmer. After that hiccup however, Mengden promptly retired the next three batters on ground balls, and Cleveland didn’t sniff a run until two outs in the sixth. Lovely job Daniel!
On the other side of the ball, the A’s didn’t get anything going in the bottom of the first against Carlos Carrasco, although OBP machine Matt Joyce did get on base via a walk. In the bottom of the second, the A’s were able to string together a rally with two out. After a Bruce Maxwell walk, Canha single, and a Boog(ie) single, the bases were loaded for Dustin Fowler, who promptly hit a ground rule double, plating two runs, and putting the A’s in front. Starting center fielder anyone?
Things were quiet from both teams until the sixth, when Mengden gave up back to back two out walks, one to Lonnie Chisenhall and one to Mike Napoli. Both men are replaced by pinch runners, and then Mengden was replaced by Blake Treinen. Treinen gave up a single to catcher Roberto Perez, which brought in a run for Cleveland. Treinen struckout Yandy Diaz to end the inning
In the seventh, ensuring that no one forgot this was a spring game, most of the A's regulars were replaced, and that's when the real scoring started. Liam Hendricks had a shutdown top of the inning, and the A’s scored two more runs via a Pinder single, followed up by a Maxwell homer. Unsatisfied with those two runs, Boog Powell singled and then stole second. BJ Boyd, in for Dustin Fowler, walked, and Steve Lombardozzi, in for Barreto, singled him home. (6-2 A's, for those of you keeping track at home.) Two more runs came via a sequence of events involving Beu Taylor, Will Toffey, and a wild pitch and Oakland was up 7-2 at the end of the seventh.
Raul Alcantara had a clean eighth, a good thing for him if wants that mythical eighth spot in the 'pen.
The Indians got one more run in the ninth off Gio Urshela’s home run, but after that Simon Castro closed out the game with three nice strikeouts.
A’s win 7-3!
Daniel Mengden: 5 2/3 IP, 2, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Bruce Maxwell: 1-2, 1 BB, 1HR
Boog Powell: 2-3, 1 SB
Khris Davis: 0-3, 2 K
Raul Alcantara: 1 IP, 0 ER
The A’s are back on for tomorrow, @ the Giants.