The transbay rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s was temporarily re-located to Phoenix today, and the defending champions outlasted the Oakland Athletics 13-9 in the Cactus League matchup.
Jarrod Parker pitched two innings to start things off for the A’s. He had two strikeouts and one hit. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants, and he struck out two while allowing one run and three hits over 1.2 innings. Jemile Weeks knocked in the run for the A’s, bringing home Derek Norris on a blooper to left field with two outs in the second inning. He is hitting .545 with five RBI and one home run so far in spring training.
Jerry Blevins relieved Parker in the third and the Giants hit him up for three runs on four hits before Melvin brought in Kyler Newby. He finished out the inning before Ryan Cook was brought on in the fourth, pitching to John Jaso, who came in after Norris’ first plate appearance because Melvin wanted Jaso to get familiar with the bullpen he’ll be catching this season.
Travis Blackley had a rough outting in the sixth, when the Giants went for seven runs on five hits. Brandon Belt and Brett Pill each reached base on consecutive singles, and after retiring Joaquin Arias he gave up a triple to Francisco Peguero. Blackley walked the next batter, threw a wild pitch to allow Peguero to score from third. He then allowed a walk, a double and a home run to the next three batters before getting pulled.
Michael Choice had another good day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored. This has been a recurring theme throughout the last week, and Choice is hitting .563 with six RBI and a home run down in Arizona.
Chris Young returned from a minor quad cramp to go 2-for-3 with a nice running catch in the first inning where his leg looked just fine.
Another successful installment of the friendly rivalry between the A’s and Giants. I’m sure San Francisco fans will bring this up almost as often as the two recent World Series victories whenever an A’s fan tries to give them an earful. Spring training everybody!