By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at 5:37 pm in Spring Training.
The A’s dropped their 10th straight game, 4-2, to the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon. Predictably, and probably wisely, Bob Geren isn’t pushing the panic button. “The big thing is getting pitchers deep in games and getting guys swinging the bat. (But) we’d like to snap out of this little thing we’re in.”
What do you need to know from today?
Dana Eveland looked awful to start, allowing four runs in his first three innings, but settled in to retire 12 of his final 14 batters. That was big for Eveland, who was still looking like he had a rotation spot, but had struggled for two straight outings. After the game, Eveland said he’s been using his spring outings to work on his changeup and curve ball. But after watching J.J. Hardy smack a three-run homer in the third, he went back to his best pitch (slider) and found his footing. His seven-inning outing was the longest by an A’s starter this spring. “It felt good to feel strong that late in the game, still have my legs underneath me,” Eveland said.
A less encouraging sign: Center fielder Ryan Sweeney had to leave the game before the bottom of the fourth. Sweeney wasn’t available afterward, and the only report Geren had was that Sweeney had tightness in one of his legs. That’s the bad thing about not being able to talk to team trainers unless the player signs a waiver — sometimes it’s tough to get accurate, detailed information on an injury. Anyway, if it’s something serious, it would obviously be a huge blow to the A’s. Sweeney has played a good center field and is the likely leadoff man.
Bobby Crosby looked pretty good at first base. Can’t say he really got challenged today, but he did throw Hardy out at second when Eveland threw to first and caught Hardy stealing. Crosby also drifted w/a difficult pop-up and made the play. Not graceful, but effective.
In case you’re curious, Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 and is batting .326 …
Sean Gallagher takes the mound tomorrow against Colorado, which will counter with former Athletic Greg Smith, who was part of the trade that brought Holliday to Oakland.
Until then …