A’s get revenge, win 11-4

29 02 2008

Oakland evened up the two-day series against Milwaukee today, winning 11-4.  Jack Cust started off the scoring for the A’s in the first with a grand slam off Dave Bush.  The pitchers struggled overall today.

Batting:

It is difficult to say that the Crew had a bad day at the plate, as they managed to post 12 hits.  Prince Fielder went 2-3.  Hardy went 3-3 with three singles, and Corey Hart finished the day 2-3 with a two-RBI triple off Alan Embree.   Gabe Gross hit his first home run of Spring Training today, belting a solo shot in the 7th.

Rickie Weeks had a rough day at the plate, going 0-3 with three strikeouts.  That is not the ideal line for a leadoff man, to say the least.  I do know that Ricky was focused on taking pitches, but striking out three times is unacceptable at the top of the order.

Pitching:

Dave Bush, Eric Gagne, and Derrick Turnbow all struggled today for the Brewers.  Bush gave up a first inning grand slam to Jack Cust, after letting the first the batters get on base.  He was able to right the ship in the second inning and get through unscathed.  Gagne, in his much hyped debut, could simply not keep the ball down today.  Even all three of his outs were fly-outs.  After his outing, Gagne said that he felt tired and began to overstride in his mechanics.  I’m a little concerned that Gagne felt tired after a simple bullpen session today…perhaps something to keep an eye on.  Turnbow gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Crosby and walked someone in one inning of work.  Mitch Stetter also struggled mightily in the 8th inning, giving up three hits and allowing one run.

On a side note, I do not like the excuse “it’s only Spring Training, so I’m not worried.”  That seems to be a double standard.  If players perform well in Spring Training, fans and managers get excited and sing a player’s praises, yet when a player struggles, everyone is quick to say that it’s too early to make judgments.  While there is admittedly some truth to that statement, there needs to be some consistency.  If we are going to judge a player for playing well and praise him for that, the exact opposite should happen in Spring Training.

Manny Parra had an average outing today.  He pitched two innings of one-run ball, with a walk and a strikeout.  Manny did only give up one hit, but it was Jack Cust’s second home run of the day.  A little concerning is the fact that 4 of Manny’s outs were fly-ball outs.  That will not work in Miller Park.

Tomorrow:

Ben Sheets and David Riske are scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Milwaukee, as they will face the Colorado Rockies at 2:05pm central time.

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2 responses

29 02 2008
Nate

I seem to remember reading something about Gagne having the flu earlier in the week. I can’t find anything posted on this blog so I must have read it somewhere else.

But back to the point, if he is still struggling with flu-like symptoms, a simple bullpen session might be enough to wear him out. I know when I get sick it doesn’t take much before I am wiped out and sleep for like 12 hrs straight. Hopefully it is just a continuation of his sickness, but if it continues I would be VERY concerned.

1 03 2008
Lemaond Warren

I was at the game yesterday, stetter didnt struggle as bad as mentioned. Nix lost a ball in the sun and gave up a double, then struck out two righties back to back. Should have had a 1-2-3 inning

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