In slugfest with rival Angels, A's emerge victorious
Carlin, Canha go deep in third; Zito gives up seven runs in four innings
By Jane Lee and Austin Laymance
MLB.com |@JaneMLB |
The A's and Angels combined for five home runs in the third inning in Oakland's wild 13-10 Cactus League victory Tuesday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Barry Zito struggled in his second start for the A's. The veteran left-hander went four innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits, including three homers in the third. He struck out two and walked one.
The Angels played the majority of their regulars for three innings. Jose Alvarez got the start and tossed two scoreless frames. He appears to have locked up a spot in the bullpen as a long reliever. Angels closer Huston Street also pitched, allowing homers by Luke Carlin and Mark Canha in his only inning.
With the game tied at 10 in the eighth, Bryan Anderson ripped a two-run triple off Chris O'Grady to put Oakland ahead to stay.
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Home run trio: The Angels hit three homers in the third. Collin Cowgill led off with a shot to left-center, his first of the spring. One batter later, Kole Calhoun went deep to right. David Freese capped the inning with a two-run dinger to center to score Mike Trout, who had doubled.
Scoreless streak snapped: Zito was up to 13 consecutive scoreless innings ahead of the four-run Angels third. The comeback hopeful was tagged for three more runs in the fourth, which would be his final inning. It also might have doubled as Zito's final time in an A's uniform, should he choose to opt out of his Minor League deal, since he's not expected to make the Opening Day roster.
"My timing was off just a little bit," said Zito. "Usually I'm pretty consistent on the inside part of the plate to righties, and it was just a little bit erratic today. That usually sets up the offspeed, and the curveball was inconsistent as well. That happens every now and then, just a bad time for it."
"The flags were blowing out, but you can't take anything away from the hitters. They put good swings on the ball, squaring up balls and they were just going." -- Trout
Angels:Drew Rucinski starts for the Angels in their final Cactus League game Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. PT against the A's at Hohokam Stadium on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. The right-hander is looking to secure a spot in the bullpen as a long reliever. He's 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four outings this spring.
A's: Right-hander Jesse Chavez gets the ball for the A's finale in the desert Wednesday, with a 12:05 p.m. PT start against the Angels at Hohokam Stadium. The game will be broadcast on MLB.TV and as an exclusive free webcast on athletics.com. Another right-handed Jesse, Jesse Hahn, will get in his work in a Minor League game, as he prepares to start the second game of the season against the Rangers.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.