Denorfia’s walkoff HR snaps losing streak

Chris Denorfia lined a two-run homer to left field off Franklin Morales in the bottom of the ninth to lift the A’s past Colorado 7-6 today. That snapped the A’s 10-game Cactus League losing streak, their longest in spring training since records started being kept in 1986.

–Sean Gallagher wasn’t his sharpest in five innings, and both he and Bob Geren said he was leaving too many pitches over the plate after getting ahead of hitters. Gallagher got a not-so-subtle hint that he needs to pull it together, as GM Billy Beane grabbed him for a private chat as reporters were showing up to the clubhouse to talk to him. “Just basically lighting a little fire under the butt,” Gallagher said of the conversation. Gallagher is on turn to pitch Friday’s Bay Bridge Series game against the Giants, and would then pitch the third game of the regular season if the current rotation holds. I don’t see an obvious replacement for him if he wasn’t in the starting rotation. Josh Outman is an option, but he’s coming off a poor outing.

–The A’s sent six players down to the minors after the game. They optioned reliever Chris Schroder, infielder Gregorio Petit and outfielder Aaron Cunningham to Triple-A, and reassigned right-hander Edgar Gonzalez, catcher Joel Galarraga and infielder Corey Wimberly to minor league camp.

The biggest news there involves Gonzalez, who had pitched his way out of contention for the starting rotation but still could have been a long relief candidate. The A’s will keep at least one long reliever (Geren hasn’t ruled out two), and Outman and Gio Gonzalez are the top contenders for that …

Joe Stiglich

  • Steve Toomajian

    Thank you, Billy, for trying to light a fire under Gallagher. This guy needs to get his head together. Listening to the A’s radio team, they constantly talk about his great stuff and his lack of consistency. He needs to understand that he was not traded straight-up for Rich Harden. There will be plenty of talented starters in Sacramento trying to supplant Gallagher if he cannot learn how to focus on throwing quality strikes.

    By the way, my take on the Harden trade is that the main guy we received is catcher Josh Donaldson. He could really be special. By flipping Matt Murton for Corey Wimberley, I can see Corey as the next Tony Phillips. I’m not enthusiastic about Eric Patterson. Then we’re back to Sean Gallagher. I do want him to succeed, but he needs to develop a sense of urgency.

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