Recap: A’s @ Mariners ST Game 2
I went to today’s tilt between the Mariners and A’s at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Nice facility the Mariners share there with the Padres. This was the first ever spring training game for me and my seats right down front (Sec. 116, Row B, Seat 17 for those scoring at home) gave me a great view of the field. More following some general game notes.
- First and foremost the A’s won the game 9-2, outhitting the M’s 16-5 with both squads responsible for an error a piece, Oakland’s being the fault of Kila Ka’aihue at first base.
- Today’s lineup wasn’t particularly interesting given that yesterday’s was likened to an opening day lineup whereas this one was not. I like the idea of Collin Cowgill hitting in the number two spot as he did for today’s game, Jonny Gomes in the cleanup spot seemed an appropriate fit as did Ka’aihue in the five hole.
- Josh Donaldson had a rough day going 0-for-5 with a strikeout while leaving five men stranded as he continues his quest to win the starting third base job. Things that I saw at the game were that two of those were very loud outs. One a leaping catch by Ichiro Suzuki in right field and another that nearly got into the gap in deep right-center before it was tracked down by Michael Saunders. Could’ve easily been a two double day.
- Tyson Ross did not look sharp. He threw 33 pitches, only 16 crossed the plate as strikes. He lasted only one inning, walking two, striking out one. On the other hand, Jarrod Parker who came in next looked electric. This guy is everything he was billed as and more. He was fastball was sitting at about 94 mph and topped out at 96. He struck out four, and these weren’t four minor-league scrubs the four he K’d were Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Ichiro and Justin Smoak. A very impressive two innings.
- Jerry Blevins looked good save for a mistake pitch he gave to Carlos Peguero that he smacked into the A’s bullpen in right field. This one hung up there a little and it looked for a bit that Michael Taylor might have it die on the track but it hung up long enough to leave the yard. The same can’t be said for the two A’s home runs. Gomes’ home run in the third off of Kevin Millwood was a no-doubter and then strangely enough of all people Jemile Weeks followed suit with a no-doubter in the fifth off of reliever Hong-Chih Kuo.
- Evan Scribner had a very good inning of work and I was impressed by the speed differential between his fastball (92) and curveball (72). He pulled the string to get a K on Ralph Henriquez one of his two strikeouts in the frame.
- Otherwise the M’s stole two bases off of Anthony Recker but the throws narrowly missed the speedy Dustin Ackley who stole his off of Recker and Ross and Peguero who got his off the Parker and Recker tandem. To me the steals looked to be off the pitcher, not off Recker who had very strong throws. Speaking of strong throws, Parker had a wicked pickoff move that nearly got Peguero prior to his swiping second.