Their fortunes reversed at Scottsdale Stadium in a matchup of split squads as Milone fired five shutout innings while Cain was lit up for seven runs in just 2.2 innings as the A’s beat the Giants 8-1.
Milone (1-1) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out two, an important outing for the left-hander on the same day the A’s announced right-hander A.J. Griffin would be shut down for three weeks with a muscle strain in his right arm.
The A’s jumped on Cain (1-1) quickly. Nick Punto grounded a one-out single to right and went to second on a wild pitch by Cain. Alberto Callaspo doubled to center to score Punto and one out later, Daric Barton lined a single to left and Callaspo beat the throw home to make it 2-0.
They were just getting started.
In the third, Yoenis Cespedes reached with one out when he was hit by a pitch, Barton worked a walk and one out later, Vogt went deep for the first time in the Cactus League season, a three-run bomb to center.
Oakland’s final run came in the ninth off Giants reliever Derek Law. Jake Elmore led off with a walk, went to second on a single to right by Chad Overacker and Dusty Coleman worked a walk to load the bases. Law then uncorked a wild pitch to score Elmore.
Cain was tagged for six hits—including the two homers—and walked three in 2.2 innings. Mike Kickham worked 2.1 scoreless frames, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo and Erik Cordier each recorded a scoreless inning and Law was touched for the one run in the ninth.
Callaspo and Montz had two hits apiece as the A’s totaled nine safeties on the day. Pence had two of San Francisco’s four hits.
Oakland will be on the road again Sunday, visiting the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark at 1:05 p.m. Pacific. The Giants face a Cleveland Indians split squad at Scottsdale Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.