The Oakland Athletics lost to the Chicago Cubs today 5-3 in their sixth spring training contest of 2013. Brett Anderson went two innings and recorded one stikeout and allowed one hit. He was also informed by manager Bob Melvin that he would get the start on Opening Day when the A’s take on the Seattle Mariners.
Anderson was relieved in the third inning by Bartolo Colon, who will miss the first five games of the regular season while he finishes serving his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test. Colon allowed five hits and three runs, one earned, while striking out four over two innings.
Two of those runs were allowed in the bottom of the fourth when a botched double play between second basemen Scott Sizemore and shortstop Hiro Nakajima allowed one runner to score, and on the following play Chicago’s Junior Lake hit a line drive to left field to score the man at second.
Nakajima got a hit in his second consecutive game, and other A’s players continued to find success on offense.
Michael Choice went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a triple in the second inning. If he continues to impress Melvin he’ll find himself playing at the Coliseum sooner rather than later, even though the A’s are loaded in the outfield as it is.
Derek Norris hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second of spring training.
The A’s got a good look at their bullpen as well. Jordan Norberto and struck out three while allowing two hits and one run. Evan Scribner struck out two and allowed one hit. Hideki Okajima got another chance to re-acclimate after his debut against the Indians, putting in one inning of work and striking out two. Pedro Figueroa finished out the game and allowed two hits and one run.
Oakland takes on the world champion San Francisco Giants tomorrow, so join us for a recap of the Battle of the Bay, spring training version.