By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 4:22 pm in Spring Training.
A few leftovers from the A’s 3-3 tie with Milwaukee, a 10-inning affair that kicked off the Cactus League:
–The A’s went through eight pitchers, so the game couldn’t really continue past 10 innings. The last pitcher was Cal product Tyson Ross, so scratch what I said earlier about him possibly pitching tomorrow in Tempe against the Angels.
–Newcomer Chris Schroder and Jeff Gray each threw scoreless innings. Jerry Blevins gave up the two runs that tied the game in the eighth, but he can’t take all the blame. With two outs, third baseman Joe Dillon lost a foul pop-up in the sun. That allowed Chris Duffy to continue his at-bat and bloop a game-tying single.
–Jared Lansford, son of former Athletic and current Giants hitting coach Carney Lansford, pitched an inning. With the game 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, he put two runners on but got a 4-6-3 double play to escape the jam.
–New Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman entered the game with his ninth-inning theme song “Hell’s Bells” blasting — only this came in the seventh inning Wednesday. Bizarre, but that’s spring training for you …