Recap: Giants @ A’s ST Game 23
Matt Cain and his newly minted $112.5M contract extension came across the Bay to Oakland on a misty night for the second game of the Bay Bridge Series. Sort of a strange batting order for Oakland with Kurt Suzuki being in the clean up spot, though his OPS (.811) in the two spot is bested only by his mark in the eight spot (.821). Giants were 3-2 winners.
- Tyson Ross got the start, he is hoping to be the fourth starter and didn’t do much to dissuade Bob Melvin in this one as he went five, struck out four, walked only one (his real problem this spring), and allowed just two earned runs (three overall) on six hits. He was not particularly efficient with his pitches throwing 93 with only 52 for strikes. By comparison Cain threw 54 strikes but only 78 pitches in five innings. That is why Cain and not Ross has a big bad extension.
- The A’s bullpen did a great job. Andrew Carignan, Ryan Cook, Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour combined to allow just one hit (given up by Carignan), walk two (one each for Cook and Fuentes) and strike out three (Fuentes with one and Balfour with two).
- Offensively Josh Reddick launched one into the marine layer in right field off of Cain, hitting it onto the staircase out there. Really like what I have seen out of Reddick so far and really am starting to feel a lot more confident about the trade that brought him to Oakland – this also was before Andrew Bailey‘s thumb injury. It was Reddick’s only hit in four at bats.
- Yoenis Cespedes continues to feast or famine. I’m thinking this is what we will see from him as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles both off of Cain, and struck out twice. Speaking of strikeouts, they look like they will be problematic for the A’s, as again they struck out a lot this game – nine times.
- Eric Sogard looked awful in the field making two errors. His 0-for-3 night with a strikeout didn’t offset that at all.