In what once looked like it could shape up to be a long Cactus League, the A’s have turned their exhibition fortunes around and look to continue their success of late. Today’s victory gave the Athletics a 6-6 record on the season, and the offense that was sputtering is now putting runs on the board. Tommy Milone also had another solid outing today, tossing 3 scoreless innings on 3 hits and a walk with 3 strikeouts. He looks to be right back to his ways of 2012 if this is any indication.
The A’s got on the board in the 3rd on a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single which was nice to see from him since he hasn’t hit much thus far in the spring. They scored 3 in the 4th inning on RBI singles by Derek Norris and Josh Reddick, and an RBI groundout from Hiroyuki Nakajima. Jed Lowrie put the exclamation point on the scoring with a 2-run home run, his first of the spring. Andy Parrino supplied the icing on the victory cake with his first home run of the spring, a solo shot.
Hideki Okajima pitched another scoreless inning today, he has not allowed a run in 4 innings of work thus far. Pedro Figueroa pitched a clean inning while allowing just a hit. Sonny Gray was the lone A’s pitcher to be scored upon, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in his 2 innings of work thanks to a Grant Green throwing error and a solo home run by Robert Andino. Andrew Werner pitched 2 scoreless frames on just 2 hits to close out the victory for the Athletics.
The A’s will take on the full squad Seattle Mariners once again tomorrow afternoon, this time in Peoria. A.J. Griffin will make his third start of the spring for the A’s, he’s allowed just 1 run in his 5 innings of work so far.