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Spring Game #28: A’s wrap up Cactus League against Giants

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A’s didn’t win because they’re saving it for April 1

Oakland Athletics v San Francisco Giants Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s completed their 2021 Cactus League schedule on Monday, with one final game against the San Francisco Giants.

The A’s didn’t win the meaningless exhibition scrimmage, by the score of 7-2, presumably because they’re saving their next victory for April 1, which is Opening Day of the regular season.

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The start went to Sean Manaea, but he didn’t have anything to prove as an established member of the rotation. He gave up some runs in his final tuneup, and then his stats were immediately reset back to zero when spring training ended a couple hours later.

  • Manaea: a few innings, some runs, whatever spring is over

The southpaw was relieved by several relievers, in the game for relief. New closer Trevor Rosenthal got some work in, but otherwise it was mostly non-roster invitees and mini-camp prospects.

  • Bullpen: more innings, a couple runs, whatever mostly NRIs and prospects

The lineup didn’t get much going against Giants starter Logan Webb, who faced Oakland twice last season and allowed nine runs total in fewer than eight innings combined. Their only run off him in six innings today came on a wild pitch, so, even when they did their best to let him have a shutout they still accidentally scored off him.

Otherwise, Tony Kemp got in an extra sprint with a triple, and Jed Lowrie picked up another hit as he prepares to make Mets fans sad next week. And Matt Olson hit a double with a 114 mph exit velocity.

  • A’s Lineup: something-for-something, a couple runs, nobody got hurt

Well, that last part was true for the A’s at least. One Giants player did leave the game, after a sequence that is very spring training.

All joking aside, hopefully Yaz is OK.

And that’s a wrap on spring training! The Opening Day roster is pretty much decided, and the first real game of the year will be Thursday.

P.S. A’s finish spring with a 16-10 record, and Giants at 11-12.