Here’s a few notes from today’s game, where the A’s fell 3-1 to the Angels in Tempe.
–Sean Gallagher started and went two shutout innings but had to work out of jams each inning. Right now these guys are mainly concerned with getting a feel for their pitches. Gallagher said he’s only throwing his fastball, curve and changeup right now, leaving the slider for later. “It’s a pitch I can pick up pretty quick, (and) it’s a pitch that puts a lot of torque on my elbow.” His highlight was a strikeout of new Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu. Gallagher got him to chase for strike three.
–Newcomer Michael Wuertz, who was with the Cubs last year, followed with a scoreless inning. He’s in a crowded competition to win a bullpen spot.
–Jack Cust hit a long homer down the RF line to get the A’s on the board in the sixth. He also took a called third strike (you knew you were going to read that, didn’t you?) and flew out to left.
–Highly touted lefty Brett Anderson pitched the fourth and gave up two runs after two were out. I didn’t see his whole inning as I was hustling down to grab Gallagher. But Anderson said, “I was trying to overthrow. I was throwing too hard. With two out, I learned I can’t coast through it.”
–Eric Chavez went 1-for-3 as DH, singling in his first at-bat. He’s set to DH again Saturday and start at third base Tuesday.