The Oakland Athletics took on the San Diego Padres today in their fifth exhibition game of spring training, and the bats were alive from the get-go as they accumulated 14 hits, including home runs from Jemile Weeks and Seth Smith en route to an 11-6 victory. The A’s are now 2-3 in the the Cactus League.
Weeks has been on a tear from the plate in Arizona, which bodes well for his chances of seeing consistent playing time at second base this season. He batted in the lead-off position and promptly got the A’s a run with a drive over the left field fence. Oakland then loaded the bases for Jed Lowrie, who singled to left field to drive in two more runs.
Dan Straily took the hill to start things off for the A’s, and he allowed 2 earned runs on 2 hits over 1 and 1/3 innings of work. Both runs were the result of hits by former Athletics, a double by Mark Kotsay and a single to right field by Travis Buck. Straily was replaced in the second inning by Bruce Billings after striking out Padres catcher John Baker.
After running through the order in the first inning, Weeks drew lead-off walk in the second and was brought home from first on a double by shortstop Adam Rosales. Seth Smith followed suit with a home run to right field to put the A’s up 7-2.
Pat Neshek pitched one inning in relief and retired all three batters he faced on the first pitch.
Addison Russell came in as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth, and after a walk he stole second. Michael Taylor started in right field and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
All of the excitement to be had in this one was over by the third inning. It looks like the players are responding well to the approach of hitting coach Chili Davis, so let’s hope they can build off this going forward and hit the ground running on offense.
Check back in tomorrow when we’ll have the latest A’s news from spring training as they take on the Chicago Cubs at 12:05 PST.