Athletics 9, Dodgers 2
Gio Gonzalez finally gave up a run. Chad Billingsley gave up a
whole bunch of them.
Gonzalez allowed a solo homer to Aaron Miles for his first
earned run of the spring, but an Oakland Athletics split squad beat
the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 Friday.
”A couple of the guys were saying ‘Better to get it out of the
way now instead of going out there and keep throwing up zeroes and
when the season starts, hopefully you don’t get that reverse
effect,”’ Gonzalez said. ”I feel good. The arm feels great and
just got to continue building strength and keep going out there and
finding the strike zone.”
Josh Willingham, Chris Carter and Andy LaRoche drove in runs off
Billingsley, and Coco Crisp homered and had three hits. Crisp is 11
for 23 in the spring.
”Jeez, Coco, save it for the season,” Gonzalez said.
Billingsley, who’d allowed one earned run in 6 2-3 previous
innings, gave up four in his third spring training start.
He committed a balk and walked four before exiting after 3 1-3
”My curveball’s not where I want it to be,” Billingsley said.
”Just couldn’t get a good feel for it. I wasn’t getting my
offspeed (pitches) over for strikes, and that’s going to
”It’s only March.”
Gonzalez pitched 4 1-3 innings in his third spring training
start and had a shutout until Miles homered in the fourth.
Matt Kemp also homered for the Dodgers.
Notes: A’s DH Hideki Matsui issued a statement via the club
regarding the earthquake that struck Japan earlier Friday. ”I am
deeply concerned and affected by what is happening in Japan,”
Matsui said. ”I pray for the safety of all the people that have
been affected and continue to be affected by this disaster.”
Matsui, who lives in Tokyo in the offseason, went 0 for 4 and
grounded into a double play in the game. … The wife of Dodgers
INF Juan Castro, Yadira, gave birth to the couple’s second child
Thursday night. Castro is expected to return Saturday. … The
Dodgers optioned RHP Luis Vasquez to minor-league camp on