Spring Game #24: A's outlast Giants 5-4

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Editor's recap:

It rained Monday night, but the A's and Giants played anyway, after an hour delay. The A's scored in the 1st on a single by Jurickson Profar, and they held that 1-0 lead through six innings. In the 7th, doubles by Chad Pinder, Marcus Semien, and Mark Canha fueled a four-run inning, but then the Giants answered right back with four in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Buchter took the credit for all four runs, failing to retire any of the five batters he faced, but two of the runners came home only after being inherited by J.B. Wendelken. However, the A's held them from there, earning the 5-4 victory in the second of three Bay Bridge exhibitions. In total, nine relievers teamed up for Oakland in this one, and they'll go for the sweep on Tuesday behind fifth starter candidates Chris Bassitt and Aaron Brooks.

Original Game Preview, by sporter6

Coming off of two consecutive losses in Japan to begin the regular season, returning back home to the confines of the Coliseum (and beating the Giants in 5-0 fashion) feels good. That being said, these few games unfortunately don’t count but it does provide time for the Athletics to come up with a game plan following the loss of Luzardo and Olson to injury, and iron out any last minute adjustments needed prior to the continuation of the regular season this Thursday. As a longtime fan of the A’s, it worries me to look at our rotation thus far and wonder if we have it in us to pull out another lightning in a bottle season like the last. If spring training outings have been any indication of whether someone like a Brett Anderson has anything left in the tank to help us compete, my rotation jitters have been lessened ever so slightly. Tonight we’ll have Hendriks at the helm to begin the game and where we go from there….is always a fun surprise!

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

1. Robbie Grossman LF

2. Matt Chapman 3B

3. Stephen Piscotty RF

4. Khris Davis DH

5. Jurickson Profar 1B

6. Chad Pinder 2B

7. Marcus Semien SS

8. Ramon Laureano. CF

9. Josh Phegley. C

Yesterday Oakland had their power on display as they lit off three homers throughout the game, and reassured viewers that their offense was something to believe in, and rely upon. With any luck red hot Piscotty will keep his offensive surge going as goes up against Pomeranz, who’s taking the bump for the Giants tonight. Coming off a 2018 season with an ERA just over six, Pomeranz is looking to rebound with his new team as a backend addition to their rotation. Something to keep an eye out for throughout the game is the combination of Pinder at second and Profar at first, this being one of the more interesting substitutions while Olson is recovering.