A’s nip Padres in Cactus Leauge; send three more to Triple-A Nashville

March 18, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

By DANIEL DULLUM
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, March 18, 2017

MESA, Ariz. – Veteran second baseman Adam Rosales was involved in both A’s runs in Oakland’s 2-1 win over San Diego, a Cactus League contest that ended in a remarkable 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The Athletics improved to 11-8 in CL exhibitions, while San Diego is 7-13. It was the final spring contest between the teams.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a one-out solo home run by Dusty Coleman. The Athletics tied the game in the bottom of the third when Rosales walked, moved to third on Rajai Davis’ base hit, and scored on a wild pitch by Padres starter Luis Perdomo during Trevor Plouffe’s at-bat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rosales singled to center, driving in Mark Canha, who doubled to lead off the inning. Rosales was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double, but finished the game 1-for-2 with a walk.

Jamie Romak led off the San Diego ninth with a double off A’s pitcher Frankie Montas and moved to third on a groundout to short by Carlos Asuaje. But Montas retired Rafael Ortega on another groundout to shortstop Richie Martin to pick up his first CL save.

A’s starter Kendall Graveman threw six strong innings, striking out six without a walk while giving up one earned run on two hits. Ryan Dull (2-0), the second Oakland pitcher, struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to get the win.

Besides Rajai Davis, Canha and Rosales, Khris Davis and Lavarnway also had base hits for the A’s.

Attendance at Hohokam was 7,303.

GOIN’ DOWN
The Oakland A’s optioned infielders Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder and outfielder Matt Olson to Triple-A Nashville.
The A’s now have 45 players in camp, including 32 players on the 40-man roster, which is full, and 13 non-roster invitees. The breakdown includes 22 pitchers, six catchers, 10 infielders and seven outfielders.

SMOLINSKI SURGERY
Oakland A’s outfielder Jake Smolinski had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Thursday at Surg Center at Pima Crossing in Scottsdale, Ariz.. This was to repair Smolinski’s labrum and perform a bursectomy procedure.
Smolinski, who appeared in three games this spring and was 1-for-6 (.167) with a double and RBI, will be in a sling for the next four weeks. He hit .238 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 99 games with Oakland last year.

WBC NOTES
A’s non-roster invitee Cesar Valdez made his first appearance in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic in their 10-3 win over Colombia. Valdez gave up one earned run in 1 2/3 innings. … Ryan Lavarnway, another A’s non-roster invitee, started all six games for Israel, hitting .444 (8-for-18 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs. Lavarnway also earned Pool A MVP after hitting .556 with a homer in three games in Seoul. … Two A’s minor leaguers pitched in the WBC – Joey Wagman gave up one earned run in one inning against The Netherlands, and Jake Sanchez threw two scoreless innings for Mexico.

A’s CACTUS NEEDLES: 1B Yonder Alonso was tied for the Cactus League lead in walks going into Saturday with seven. He was 1-for-2 with a walk against the Padres. … 3B Matt Chapman is 5-for-13 (.385) with four walks and five RBIs over his last 10 games. … OF Rajai Davis is tied for ninth in the CL with three stolen bases. … OF Chris Parmalee is 4-for-8 (.500) in his last seven games after a 1-for-14 start. … Ryon Healy has driven in at least one run in eight of his last 11 games. He’s tied for the CL lead in RBIs with 13.

TAGS: Oakland Athletics,Cactus League,Sports Radio Service

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