A’s drop Cactus League opener to Cubs 9-3; slide show from the game

Final score from HoHoKam Park: Cubs 9, A’s 3. You’ll get a full story in tomorrow’s paper, but here’s the essentials:

The good: Chris Carter launched a monster homer in the eighth and newcomer Adam Rosales also went deep. Rajai Davis had a nice day in left field, throwing two runners out at third.

The bad: Seven A’s pitchers surrendered five homers total. Starter Trevor Cahill was taken deep by Derrek Lee, and bullpen candidate Brad Kilby surrendered two shots in the seventh.

The ugly: Jake Fox, playing third base against his former team, was way off target on a throwing error to first that allowed a run to score.

–Bob Geren thought Cahill threw decent overall in two innings. He also said he was impressed with the relief effort of Justin Souza, who pitched a scoreless eighth with three strikeouts.

Check in w/you tomorrow … Oops, almost forgot the slide show link:

Joe Stiglich