Recap: Cubs @ A’s ST Game 16
Split squad Athletics action today in the Valley of the Sun. MLB.com listed this game first so care of that designation this is game sixteen of the spring as far as I am concerned. The A’s kept up their strong spring defeating the Cubs at Phoenix Muni 4-3.
- Travis Schlichting got the start for the A’s today. Schlichting has put together a decent little spring for himself and is in many ways the cream of the non-roster invitee crop on the pitching side of the ledger. He went three innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, with a walk and strikeout. The Cubs also brought a split-squad to Phoenix so Schlichting didn’t face a full MLB lineup but he still did well against a decent set of hitters. His spring numbers are now: nine and one-third innings with three earned runs, two walks, seven strikeouts and a home run allowed, adding to a 2.89 ERA. Didn’t expect much out of him, shoot didn’t even know he had signed as my better late than never reporting of the signing could attest to.
- Ryan Cook allowed a home run to Geovany Soto, his only blemish in his one inning of work where he also struck out two hitters. He looks to be one of the possible beneficiaries if Joey Devine doesn’t recover quickly from his injury. Another potential beneficiary, Pedro Figueroa had his great spring continue as he went a hitless inning making it six scoreless for him in Cactus League play.
- With only six hits and three-quarters of their run scoring coming in the first innings, the lone star for the A’s offense today really was Seth Smith. Smith went 3-for-3 with a double today. On the opposite side of the spectrum, since his debut Yoenis Cespedes has not done much of anything and today went 0-for-4 with two swinging strikeouts to help sink his batting average to .188. Is there a chance he doesn’t open the spring in Tokyo?