Thought I’d give you a quick mid-game update from Phoenix Muni:
Rockies left-hander Greg Smith, one of three players the A’s dealt to Colorado for Matt Holliday, lasted just 1 2/3 innings today against Oakland. He allowed five runs (three earned) and was pulled early because of inflammation in his shoulder, which he said is typical for him during the spring. It’s just unfortunate for the lefty, because he’s battling for the fifth spot in Colorado’s rotation.
As for the other two players the A’s gave up in that deal, Carlos Gonzalez started in left field today and made a diving catch to rob Mark Ellis in the third inning. Gonzalez had been out since March 21 because of a rib-cage injury, and he may start the season in Triple-A. Huston Street didn’t make the trip, but may land their closer’s job. This story from the Denver Post gives a good update on all three players.
On the A’s side, it wasn’t the smoothest outing for Sean Gallagher — 5 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 1 BB, 2 K.
Rockies lead 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth. Rajai Davis’ two-run double has been the offensive highlight for the A’s …