Spring Fever

Cactus League: Athletics 23, Giants 5

Holy ass-whooping.

Remember how awful Barry Zito was during the first season of his record contract with the San Francisco Giants? Well, apparently it gets worse.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old lefty was roughed up for eight runs and seven hits against his former club Saturday, failing to make it through the first inning in the Oakland Athletics’ 23-5 victory over the Giants. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, who walked two and didn't strike out a soul, said he felt good, though. And I suppose that's all that matters.

Mike Sweeney drove in three runs in the first while Jack Hannahan drove in a deuce. Carlos Gonzalez, Gregorio Petit and Donnie Murphy also each had run-scoring hits.

On the opposite end of the ball, A’s lefty Greg Smith, who's vying for a spot in the rotation, needed just 20 pitches to get through two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and fanning two.

Grapefruit League: Red Sox 7, Twins 6

Jon Lester, who journeyed from battling cancer to becoming the winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in their 2007 World Series clincher, didn't look as sharp in his first Spring outing Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. The 24-year-old lefty walked four of the nine batters he faced, surrendering five runs — four earned — and getting only three outs. His rebuttal? "It's early."

The Sox still went on to a 7-6 victory.

Jonathan Papelbon, who donned a Manny Ramirez #24 jersey after leaving his back in the clubhouse, pitched a scoreless fourth inning. Justin Morneau, Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Garrett Jones and Alexi Casilla each drove in a run for the Twins.

Boston youngster Brandon Moss, an outfielder as well as a first baseman, went 2-for-2 and drove in the go-ahead run on a base hit in the top of the eighth off losing pitcher Kevin Mulvey.


Anonymous said...

You know what saying I hate? 'It's early.' Even worse? 'It's only Spring Training.' Of course, ST games don't count, but this is where you make it or break it. This is where guys get their starting jobs, or sent back down to the minors, which is why I don't like hearing any of that 'it doesn't matter' BS.