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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It was a great day to be Josh Reddick. It wasn’t a bad afternoon to be Ehire Adrianza or Adam Duvall, either.
Reddick made two jaw-dropping, home-run burgling catches on Michael Morse as the A’s throttled the Giants 10-5 in the Cactus League opener for both clubs on Wednesday.
But once Reddick left the game, Duvall and Adrianza put shots out of everyone’s reach. Duvall mashed a homer to dead center and Adrianza’s laser was a three-run homer that left the park in a hurry down the right field line.
Adrianza and Tony Abreu are the chief contenders for a backup job on the Giants’ infield. Both are out of minor league options.
After one day of exhibition games: advantage Adrianza.
On a day when Giants manager Bruce Bochy lauded Adrianza’s improved swing and strength, Abreu dropped a throw at second base while trying to turn the pivot on a double play in the first inning. It was one of several mistakes behind Yusmeiro Petit, whose pitches were up as he allowed four runs in the first. Right fielder Hunter Pence had the other one, when he overran a ball for a two-base error.
Pence had a healthy outlook on botching the first ball hit to him in 2014:
“It counts in making me better,” he said.
Duvall’s swing looks a lot better. The stocky 25-year-old, who looks a bit like a young Elvis, owns 69 home runs over three full minor league seasons – and two of those years came at Low-A Augusta and Double-A Richmond, two parks that are death to power hitters.
Duvall hit .297 with seven homers in 145 at-bats for Margarita in Venezuela this winter. Margarita is an island, in case you didn’t know.
“On an island playing baseball,” he said. “Pretty good life.”
Sergio Romo got tagged for six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning, and needed a nifty cover at first base on a 3-6-1 double play to escape the inning. Several of the hits were placed and just one went for extra bases.
Bochy wasn’t concerned, saying Romo only threw fastball-changeup and stayed away from his premium slider. Romo is trying to incorporate his changeup as a go-to pitch.
Left-hander David Huff was scratched from starting for Friday’s away split squad because of a tender shoulder, but Bochy said it wasn’t believed to be serious. Edwin Escobar will start against the A’s at Phoenix Muni, instead.
Right-hander Sandy Rosario also is ailing, but nobody can find the cause of extreme soreness in his legs. He can barely walk through the clubhouse. An MRI exam showed no obvious cause. This is a weird situation.
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