The Oakland Athletics took on the San Diego Padres for the second time in spring training, and the results were a little different this go around as starting pitcher Jarrod Parker allowed six runs on five hits – two of them off of solo home runs – and not much went right for the bullpen or the offense either, as the A’s lost 10-0 in Peoria, Arizona.
For what it’s worth, Parker was tinkering with his approach, looking to get ahead in the count by throwing strikes early and often, and he seemed satisfied with the results. Travis Blackley didn’t fare much better, lasting one inning and giving up four runs on five hits while striking out two. Fernando Rodriguez came in to relieve him in the sixth inning but had to come out after walking Jeudy Valdez as he felt tightness in his right elbow.
Oakland’s offense was stifled by a couple former A’s players; Tyson Ross started the game for San Diego, allowing two hits and striking out three in three innings of work. Former Oakland closer Huston Street came on in the sixth, allowing a single to Chris Young, who proceeded to steal second to the delight of everyone who might have been concerned about the minor dings he suffered in the opening week of action.
The only A’s to reach base besides Young were Josh Reddick, Shane Peterson and Seth Smith. Smith is on a tear from the plate right now, going 9-for-18 since the start of Cactus League play. Bob Melvin will be ecstatic if Smith keeps that up as the DH once the regular season is underway.
That’s it for today. Look for the A’s to bounce back against a solid Kansas City Royals squad tomorrow, and join us here when we reflect on how it all went down.