Recap: A’s @ (Hanshin) Tigers Japanese Exhibition Game 2
I had commented the other day following the A’s victory versus the Yomiuri Giants, who had a better record than the Hanshin Tigers in 2011,
“Good to see that the A’s can dominate an NPB team, we are after all supposed to be the best of all the baseball leagues, sort of sad that the Mariners can’t do the same, lest I speak too soon as we do play the Tigers tomorrow.”
Well I spoke too soon. The A’s get blown out by Hanshin at the Tokyo Dome 12-6. After this games count (until they don’t again), but first onto the details of this affair…
- The story of this game really was Tyson Ross. Ross is competing for a position in the starting rotation (it is looking more and more like Tommy Milone has locked down the third spot) and this outing didn’t do much to secure it - it is possible he could be in a swingman type role with Jarrod Parker or Brad Peacock still allegedly in the mix for a rotation spot. Against Hanshin Ross went four innings, allowing eight runs, six of them earned, on ten hits including a home run to Takahiro Arai, one walk and just one strikeout. That strikeout was the only one by A’s pitchers. Pretty sloppy stuff.
- The bullpen was better but not great either. Non-roster invitees Evan Scribner and Travis Schlichting combined for two and a third hitless innings with Schlichting accounting just for the third of an inning and a walk. Fautino De Los Santos pitched an inning that saw one run cross the plate, while Andrew Carignan had a messy outing going two-thirds of an inning and allowing three earned runs on three hits and two walks.
- The defense didn’t help as Kila Ka’aihue made two errors at first base and Cliff Pennington had an error (surprise, surprise it was a throwing one).
- Pennington made up for his error with a home run. Kurt Suzuki hit his second in two nights as well. Both home runs came off of Randy Messenger who last pitched in Major League Baseball in 2009 with the Mariners. Which also basically wraps up the offensive highlights. Josh Reddick led the team hitting going 2-for-3.
- With cramps in his quadriceps Yoenis Cespedes was held out of the game against Hanshin.