Sonny Gray Solid, Oakland Athletics Lose In Farewell To Phoenix Municipal Stadium


Sonny Gray allowed one run on one hit in five solid innings Wednesday as the Oakland Athletics wrapped up their 31st and final year of spring training at Phoenix Municipal Stadium with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Gray, who will start the A’s regular-season opener on Monday night against Cleveland, was touched for a run in the third inning but was otherwise flawless in his final tuneup. But reliever Jeff Urlaub surrendered three runs in the seventh to propel the Angels (17-10) to the victory.

The Angels opened the scoring in the third when C.J. Cron led off with a double, moved up on a wild pitch by Gray and scored on Matt Long’s sacrifice fly.

Oakland (13-13) got the run back in the bottom of the inning. John Jaso reached on an error by Cron at first base and Tyler Ladendorf followed with a single and Dusty Coleman walked to load the bases. Billy Burns’ sacrifice fly to center brought home Jaso to tie the game.

After pitching a scoreless sixth, the wheels came off for Urlaub (1-1) in the seventh. Grant Green drove a two-run homer after Ian Stewart reached on a bunt single and Brennan Boesch followed with a homer of his own.

Stewart had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to put the Angels up 5-1 and Coleman got the A’s on the board again, leading off the eighth with a homer to center off reliever Joe Smith.

Long’s sacrifice fly in the ninth for the Angels closed the scoring.

Urlaub gave up three runs on three hits with two walks in an inning-plus. Austin Huse allowed two hits and a run in 1.2 innings, striking out one. Trey Barham struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth and Ryan Dull was dinged for an unearned run in the ninth, allowing a walk and striking out one.

The A’s mustered only six hits, including doubles by Alberto Callaspo and Chris Gimenez, as Angels starter C.J. Wilson allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings, striking out seven.

The A’s return to California to close out the exhibition season, opening the three-game Bay Bridge Series Thursday night at AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants at 7:15 p.m.

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