The Oakland Athletics took on the Colorado Rockies today at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in their final game in the desert before heading back up north, and manager Bob Melvin used the opportunity to get a look at some of the up-and-coming talent in the organization, and the A’s bested the Rockies by a final score of 6-5.
Jarrod Parker was the starting pitcher for the A’s, and he struggled out of the gate, allowing two runs in the first inning on a solo home run to Colorado’s lead-off man Dexter Fowler and an RBI single from Troy Tulowitzki. Things didn’t get much better, as the No. 9 hitter for the Rockies, Chris Nelson, launched another homer off of Parker in the second to make it 3-0 Colorado. ‘
The A’s responded to make it 3-1 on an RBI groundout into a double play by Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the second. They added three more in the fourth, led by Jeremy Barfield’s home run to lead things off, to take a one-run lead. The Rockies answered right back in the top of the fifth as Fowler hit his second home run off of Parker to tie the game. Hideki Okajima then came in to relieve Parker, only to give up a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki, making it 5-4 Colorado.
The A’s came through in the bottom of the fifth, however, and recent roster addition Nate Freiman brought home two runs on a double to put Oakland ahead 6-5, and the score stayed that way after another solid outing from the bullpen, with Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Mike Ekstrom finishing things off on the mound.
Oakland takes on the San Francisco Giants tomorrow at 7:15 at AT&T Park with Tommy Milone going against Tim Lincecum in a Battle of the Bay exhibition series. They’ll do the same thing Friday before getting to take on the defending World Series champions in Oakland at 1:05 on Saturday. Tickets are still available.