Thursday was a day for comebacks, as a number of pitchers who have struggled with injuries over the past several years took the mound.
Right-hander Jason Windsor threw 1.1 innings. The first frame went smoothly, as he allowed only an infield single. The next frame was more challenging, however. He allowed a double and then hit a batter and walked a batter. After allowing a sacrifice fly and another double, Windsor was lifted with two-on and one-out.
Windsor was relieved by left-hander Bobby Cramer who began last season in the A's extended spring training rehabbing a sore left shoulder. Cramer wound-up being released by the A's and spent the 2008 season in the independent leagues. Cramer re-signed with Oakland this off-season and is participating in his first regular spring training in five years. Cramer's first outing of the spring was a successful one. He cleaned-up after Windsor, striking out the first and third hitter (hitting the batter in-between) to strand both base-runners. Cramer then put together a clean second inning. After allowing an infield single, Cramer induced a double-play and a ground-out.
Right-hander Jason Ray, who has been sidelined with elbow troubles since early 2007, threw an inning for the A's Double-A squad. Ray was impressive in his first outing, throwing a 1-2-3 frame with a strike-out.
The A's Triple-A squad closed out a 6-5 win with Steven Sharpe on the mound. Sharpe missed the past season and a half after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After getting one-out, Sharpe walked a batter and allowed a single, putting runners on the corners. However, he extinguished the threat by inducing a groundball double-play to finish the ninth inning. It didn't finish the game, however. Because it is spring training, the A's came to bat in the bottom of the ninth even though they were winning.
Right-hander Ryan Webb started the game for the A's Triple-A squad and he was impressive. He threw three shut-out innings and struck-out at least six batters. Webb struggled with his command in spots, loading the bases with one-out in both his second and third frames. However, he was able to get out of both innings with no damage by getting strike-outs. Webb was clocked in the mid-90s with his fastball and he overpowered a number of hitters.
The A's speed was on display in both games. Eric Patterson had a triple and stole two bases. The second stolen base came on the front end of a double-steal. Adrian Cardenas was on the back-end of that double-steal. Patterson also ran down a deep flyball to center. Archie Gilbert and Larry Cobb stole a base each for the A's Double-A squad, while Matt Spencer added a stand-up triple in that same game. Adam Klein also beat out an infield hit in the Double-A game.
Sam Demel threw a scoreless frame for the Double-A team with one strike-out and one walk.
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