A's streak snapped at hands of Giants

March 29, 2013, 10:30 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Oakland Athletics hadn't lost in their last eight contests. The San Francisco Giants snapped that streak with a 3-1 win in the second to last game of the preseason.

At the Plate

The A's got on board in the fourth inning. Chris Young started the frame with a walk. He moved to second on a Yoenis Cespedes single and eventually scored on a Derek Norris sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Norris hit the ball very hard, but lined out.

Young reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He finished the day with two hits and two walks.

Starting Pitching Report

A.J. Griffin got his final tune-up of the spring. He threw 79 pitches in four innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. The tall right-handed pitcher cruised through the first four and two-thirds innings and then stumbled against the bottom of the Giants' order in the fifth.

Griffin gave up four consecutive hits, including back-to-back extra-base hits to Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco.

Bullpen Report

Chris Resop relieved Griffin in the sixth inning. He allowed a single to Buster Posey, but got Hunter Pence to ground into an inning-ending double play. Resop hasn't allowed a run all spring. He pitched in eight games.

Sean Doolittle started the seventh inning. He struck out Brandon Belt swinging on a 95-MPH fastball, then got Crawford swinging on a 94-MPH heater. Ryan Cook finished the inning when he got Blanco to pop out to Norris.

Grant Balfour allowed his first earned run of the spring. He allowed two hits but struck out two batters.

In the Field

Norris showed off his arm with a strong throw to catch Angel Pagan stealing in the third inning. Last season Norris only threw out 26 percent of the base thieves. He has worked hard this offseason at improving all aspects of his game.

Jed Lowrie made a diving stop on a ball hit by Buster Posey to end the fourth inning. He had to range to his left and go into a headfirst dive to stop the ball from getting through the infield.

In the fifth inning Young chased a hard-hit ball into the deep right-center field at AT&T Park. He just missing an overhead catch as the ball clanked off the top of his glove.


The Giants announced a sell-out crowd of 42,808.

Up Next

The A's return home to the Oakland Coliseum for the first time in 2013. Dan Straily and Bartolo Colon will split time for the A's. Ryan Vogelsong will be on the mound for the Giants.


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