Spring Game #28: A Hopeful Preview of Opening Day

Jesus Luzardo struck out Mike Trout! - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Well. That was definitely a spring training game.

In all honesty I had to be at work during part of the game and couldn’t watch live. To save a little trouble on the recap I prepared a little bit before the game, so allow me to go all Mad Libs for moment:

Wow! What a game!. I can’t believe that the __A’s__ won. My favourite play was definitely when Matt Chapman __did defence___. I also was amazed when Mike Trout ___struck out___. Jesus Luzardso’s start for the Athletics was ___impressive___, and for the Angels, John Lamb’s ___hair__ was ___adequate___. Suprising no one, Albert Pujols grounded into __one__ double play(s). Out of everything I was most surprised by ___Jake Smolinski__ making ___fools of the Angels pitching staff___. After this, I am __excited__ to see the __Athletics__ go back to the __Bay Area__ and face the __Giants___, but first they have to _play__ against the __Brewers__ in their last ___Arizona___ game.

Ok, Cool. That should make things a little easier. Feel free to fill in the blanks with your own answers at home.

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Lets talk about the game for real now.

That was a pretty fun game! Jake Smolinski went ham, going 3-for-4 and staying a single shy of the cycle. Most notably, Jake led off the game with a triple that was inches shy of being a home run, and later hit a dinger to the exact same place in left field, just a few more feet back. Marcus Semien kept his momentum from yesterday with a RBI double in the first and single in the 5th.

Behind the plate, Bruce Maxwell was all over the place, 2 hits with a RBI, two runners caught stealing, but also a strikeout and a couple of passed balls.

Finally, Jesus Luzardo continued a great spring on the mounds. The A’s minor leaguer went for another 2.2 scoreless innings, only issued one walk, and added 3 more strikeouts for his total, including Mike Trout striking out swinging. It’s gotta feel good to give Trout only his second K of the spring. Mike Trout basically isn’t even good anymore. They should trade him to like the Marlins. And then contract the Marlins from the league just because.

This win puts the A’s back at .500 on the spring, at a lucky 13-13-2. Tomorrow afternoon your beloved Athletics face off against the Brewers in their last game in Arizona until next spring.