Daniel Mengden continued his quest to become the A's #3 after throwing 5 dominant(for a #3 or #4) innings and pitched thru the sixth allowing 2 ER.He came out for the seventh being the first Athletic to do so this Spring. He continually attacked the strike zone and showed great efficiency & command.
Mengden got himself into a little jam in bottom of 3rd, allowing two runners on with 1 out after serving up a single to Christian Yelich. He was able to dig himself out of the jam by striking out their 1B Eric Thames who resembles an NFL running back and then got the former PEDMVP Ryan Braun to pop out with a fly ball to the OF. After another scoreless 4th, that saw Khrush draw a walk, Mengden came back out and got the side out on 5 pitches. He sandwhiched a 1,2,3 strikeout to Santana between a 1 pitch fly ball to Shaw and a 1pitch line out to Piña. The A's lineup was resilient all day taking pitches and it finally caught up to Milwaukee in the Top of the Fifth when Smolinski drew a four pitch walk and then a 1pitch single by Neuse and 1pitch sacrifice(batter was safe on FC)by Fowler to set up the first runs of the day brought in by #2 Athletics prospect Franklin Barretto who continues his spring tear, after taking off the Venezuelan league, and he looks refreshed. He had a 2rbi single to bring home Smolinski and Neuse.
There's something about the Fifth and at first it looked like Mengden would not continue his dominating way with a four pitch walk to start the inning, but then a 1 pitch line out and 1pitch double play to end the inning and continuing to lower that once God Awful ERA as spring training nears it's end. Señor Pinder made up for an error in the 3rd with an opposite field blast to make it 3-0 good guys.
The sixth didn't go as planned with Mengden giving up a single to former Marlin's castaway C.Yelich on the first pitch and then remember that NFL running back 1B Ringer they have Eric Thames, well he got his revenge with a 2 pitch blast off a slider that made it 2-0 with zero out. Bob Melvin let him pitch thru it and that was what impresses me most was the resilience to come back and get the next two batters out on 1 pitch and then a 3 pitch strikeout to Santana, yet again to get out of the inning with the lead and W in hand. He gave way to Y.Petit in the 7th after Giving up a ground rule double to former Oakland A second baseman Eric Sogard. He finished the day going 6.1 striking out 3, 1hr, 2er, 1bb With a final game score of 57. Petit finished the seventh and the A's went into the stretch with a 3-2 lead.
The eighth didn't go so well, but could have been worse as Liam "Slyda" Hendricks came out and gave up 4 straight hits to their backups allowing the thing run, Before finishing the 8th by getting The Brewers to hit into a double play.
The top of the ninth continued with the A's showing good pitch recognition as both Heathcoat and Bolt were able to draw 2 out walks. Eli Whit came in to bat for Khrush robbing us of a chance to see Khrush come up big, but hey it's only spring I'm sure Khrush has many clutch homers up those sleeves.
Alacantra pitched the 9th and it didn't take long for Milwaukee to strike getting a first pitch double To Allemande. He got the next batter Lara out on a liner, before giving up a sacrifice fly to Hairston that got hit to our OF prospect with the best arm Skye Bolt and boy it was a beauty his throw to home, but Allemande was safe and the A's lost in true heart breaking fashion. But, there were so many positives to take away from this game and that's all you can ask for in Spring ball. Throw in the fact that Mengden has now gone a combined 12 innings over his last two starts giving up a total of 4ER and 9h 2bb against Milwaukee and Cleveland (the top cactus league teams and great teams in general), So it looks like he will be our #3!