Athletics 6, Rockies 5

Rockies manager Walt Weiss hopes he gets more out of Jhoulys

Chacin on Opening Day than he did with the right-hander’s final

start of spring training.

Chacin, who will make his first career opening day start Monday

in Milwaukee, was roughed up mainly by reserves and minor leaguers

in a 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

He allowed six runs on 10 hits in five innings, walked one and

struck out four. He gave up a solo home run in the fourth inning to

Jeremy Barfield and picked a man off first base in the second.

Chacin left the ballpark after coming out of the game and did

not meet with the media.

Weiss didn’t seem concerned about Chacin’s outing.

”I am confident he will get command of his stuff on Monday,”

Weiss said. ”Jhoulys wasn’t as sharp (on Wednesday) as he has been

at times this spring. He worked trying to get out of trouble …

his change-up has been a great pitch for him, but it was not

working the way he likes. His pitches were a little up.”

Chacin had been scratched from his previous scheduled start

Friday due to back issues but pitched two innings of relief

Saturday. He missed 97 games due to shoulder inflammation in 2012

and was 3-5 in 14 starts.

Oakland first baseman Nate Freiman, claimed off waivers from

Houston on Saturday, hit a two-run double off Chacin to put the A’s

ahead 6-5 with two outs in the fifth. The ball went off the glove

of Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Fowler hit two home runs to lead off the first and fifth innings

against Oakland starter Jarrod Parker. Chris Nelson also homered

off Parker and Troy Tulowitzki went deep against reliever Hideki


Fowler had three hits, raising his average to .388. Tulowitzki

also had three hits to climb to .286.

Asked if Fowler is locked in with his hitting approach, Weiss

said, ”He got us some quick runs. A lot of our guys are locked in

these last few days. It’s a good sign.”

The A’s finished 6-0-1 over their last seven games, a good sign

to manager Bob Melvin.

”We played well at the end. That’s what you want,” he said.

”You want to ramp it up somewhat going into the season. We have

three more games with a little more intensity (against the Giants),

and then the season starts.”

It was the final spring game in Arizona for the A’s, who meet

the rival San Francisco Giants for three exhibition games in the

Bay Area starting Thursday. The Rockies wrap things up Thursday at

home in Scottsdale against the Milwaukee Brewers.

NOTES: LHP Tommy Milone will start the Thursday opener for

Oakland against the Giants, with RHP A. J. Griffin going in the

second game and RHP Dan Straily in the finale. … INF Hiro

Nakajima has a strained left hamstring and will be examined by

doctors in the Bay Area. Melvin said he is doubtful for the Giants

series. Nakajima is hitting just .167 in 17 games. … The Rockies

are expected to face Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse on Thursday. He

signed with the Brewers as a free agent on Monday.