Sep 12, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland A's Spring Training: Griffin Strong in First Start


The Oakland Athletics lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 today in their fourth game of the Cactus League, falling to 1-4 in the preseason.  A.J. Griffin became the first member of last year’s pitching staff to start a game in Arizona, with the rest of the group set to see action over the next four games.  Griffin struck out three and gave up one hit over two innings, inspiring manager to compare his work on the mound to artistry.

Josh Reddick followed up yesterday’s nice catch in right field with a great throw in the second inning to record a double play, catching a pop fly from Cody Ross and then throwing out Paul Goldschmidt trying to advance from second.

Hiro Nakajima felt good after recording his first hit as a member of the Athletics.  Bob Melvin gave him a third plate appearance to try get onboard after he struck out in his first two attempts.

All the hard work Derek Norris put in over the offseason seems to be paying off.  He hit a solo home run in the third inning off of Arizona’s David Hernandez to give the A’s their first run of the game.

Oakland fans will get a bit of nostalgia if they look over Arizona’s roster, as it’s littered with former A’s like Trevor Cahill, Eric Chavez, and most recently Brandon McCarthy and Cliff Pennington.  Pennington hit a two-run home run off of Fernando Rodriguez in the sixth inning.

Possible shortstop of the future Addison Russell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout, while Michael Choice went 0-for-3 after a solid day at the plate yesterday.

So what did we learn today boys and girls?

Griffin looked good.

February 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) poses for a picture during photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Reddick is still the champ.

February 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (16) poses for a picture during photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s 33 days until Opening Day.

October 1, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour (50) celebrates after the game against the Texas Rangers at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Rangers 4-3 to clinch a playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Can’t wait.

 

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