A’s drop split-squads to Giants, Mariners

Here’s a little game detail from the A’s split-squad matchups today. They fell to the Giants 8-4 in Phoenix and dropped an 8-5 game to Seattle in Peoria. Trevor Cahill had a nice bounce-back game against the Giants after having his first rough outing in his last start. He went five innings, allowed just one run and didn’t walk anybody. He’s working on some mechanical adjustments with his arm angle in his delivery, and liked the results today.

He also liked the defense he got from third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, who had a very strong overall game. Garciaparra had an opposite-field single in his first at-bat, then ripped a two-out run-scoring single to left in his next at-bat. He started a 5-4-3 double play in the fourth, and helped get Cahill out of a jam in the second by charging a slow roller and making the throw to first on the run. “I throw sinkers in a lot (to right-handers), and I get a lot of slow rollers,” Cahill said. “That could have been a hit, and he kind of saved me.”

It’s early, but Garciaparra so far looks capable of manning third to start the season if Eric Chavez isn’t ready.

Joe Stiglich