The Oakland A’s faced the Cleveland Indians Wednesday and many are wondering if the 13-3 victory is a sign of what is to come on Opening Day when they face again. The A’s have been quite successful this spring training but Wednesday’s game really showed how strong the Athletics only a little more than a week out from the start of the regular season. Even though starting pitcher Dan Straily struggled in the beginning by allowing three runs on five hits in four innings, the rest of the Athletics picked up the pieces.
Pitcher Drew Pomeranz demonstrated his skill by pitching three scoreless innings after coming into the game when the Athletics were down 3-0. Even though Pomeranz will likely start the year in Triple-A, he definitely showed his talent today and could easily be called up if another A’s starting pitcher goes down with an injury. Lefty Fernando Abad and righty Jose Flores also pitched a scoreless inning each, which resulted in five scoreless innings to end the game. Abad is vying for a spot in the Oakland A’s bullpen and his performance today only helped his cause.
Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco did not fare well against the Athletics. After coming into the game behind starter Danny Salazar who had just pitched 3 ⅔ shutout innings, Carrasco gave up eight runs in only 2 ⅔ innings. Outfielder Sam Fuld, first baseman Nate Freiman, and infielder Tyler Ladendorf all earned two hits against Carrasco. Speedy Billy Burns also collected two hits and successfully stole his ninth base of spring training.
Sam Fuld was the shining star in the Athletics’ lineup today. He scored two runs on his two hits, and was walked once at only three at-bats. With Cespedes going through a small slump this spring training, Fuld could be a great backup for the outfield based on the way he has been playing this spring.
In total, the Oakland A’s had 18 hits against the Indians and scored 13 runs in the last five innings of the game. With spring training starting to ramp up in order to prepare the players for the regular season, these games are good indications of how the teams will fare during the regular season. With the depth in the Athletics bullpen and in the dugout, it seems as though the Athletics can do no wrong.