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Recap: A’s @ Giants ST Game 22

April 3, 2012

A’s and Giants tangle for the Bay Bridge Series at AT&T Park, hopefully soon-to-be Peninsular Series? 101 Series? Who knows. The Giants won 4-2 and spent more money doing so.

  • The highlight for Oakland was hands down Graham Godfrey. Godfrey looking to lock down the last spot in the rotation went five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, walking none and striking out three. Godfrey threw 40 of his 57 pitches for strikes in an extremely efficient outing. At the plate he went 0-for-2 with 2 K’s, again why these NL teams insist on having pitchers hit in exhibition games like this is beyond stupid to me.
  • Fautino De Los Santos is not injured but his ego may be bruised after an awful outing. Entering the game with a lead De Los Santos went one inning during which he surrendered three earned runs, on a hit and two walks, blowing the lead and earning himself the loss. I had speculated that his layoff was injury related and there might still be something to that given how terribly he pitched including missing four straight to start the game and walking Ryan Theriot. His fastball sat at 94 mph which is a bit down from the 95.8 he was at last season but not enough to raise alarm for me.
  • Eric Sogard came into the game in the second inning to replace Cliff Pennington who left with a sore left groin. Pennington isn’t expected to be sidelined for long and during the contest Sogard launched his third home run of the preseason off of Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
  • Yoenis Cespedes hit clean up and tacked on a double off of Bumgarner in a bit of a different lineup look than we’ve seen from Oakland thus far in very limited time. Cespedes struck out against Matt Yourkin in the sixth and still seems to be struggling with the offspeed stuff, which I expect will be the case as he acclimates to MLB pitching.
  • Josh Reddick has himself an arm. We knew that from scouting reports but he showed it off. Now Aubrey Huff isn’t the fastest guy on earth but he tried to score from second on a Brandon Belt single and Reddick threw a perfect strike to Kurt Suzuki who had ample time to tag him out. Even if Huff had been faster a throw like that (Suzuki did play it a little in front of home leaving the backside potentially open) likely would have still cut him down. Great toss. On the not so great toss side of things, Josh Donaldson had a throwing error at third. I suspect there’ll be some growing pains but I figure he will improve at the position just as Scott Sizemore noticeably did as well.
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