Athletics 10, Padres 9(10)
Oakland right-hander Clayton Mortensen is on the fringe of the
competition for the final spot in the Athletics’ rotation. Finally
getting a start gave him a chance to stretch things out.
San Diego right-hander Kevin Correia threw more than 60 pitches
in his third start of the spring with mixed results.
Adrian Cardenas scored on Mitch Canham’s throwing error with two
outs in the ninth as an A’s split squad beat the Padres 10-9 in 10
innings on Saturday.
The A’s escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th and
the Padres, who lost their fourth straight, came close to getting
out of their own bases-loaded jam.
Chris Denorfia had three hits and drove in a run for the Padres.
Chase Headley had two hits and drove in two runs and Tony Gwynn,
Jr. added a pair of hits. Mike Antonelli added a two-run single in
the five-run ninth.
Rajai Davis went 3 for 4 with an RBI and both Travis Buck and
Dallas McPherson hit a home run for the A’s. Patterson, Eric
Chavez, Gregorio Petit and Adrian Cardenas also drove in runs.
Mortensen went three innings, allowing three runs and five hits.
Correia lasted 3 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and six hits with
no walks and three strikeouts.
Mortensen, who came to the A’s in a deadline trade with the St.
Louis Cardinals for Matt Holliday in July, got close to his
“It felt good to get a start and get back into my own
routine,” Mortensen said. “I’ve been a starter my whole career
and there’s a different mental focus to it. It was nice to get into
a rhythm. I gave up a couple of runs but I also got a lot of ground
balls and that’s what I’m supposed to do.”
Mortensen recorded seven of his nine outs on grounders and all
but one of the five hits allowed were grounders through the
Undrafted out of high school, Mortensen began attracting scouts
as a senior at Gonzaga University, when he finished 9-2 with a 3.92
ERA and 122 strikeouts in 119 innings. He was the West Coast
Conference Pitcher of the Year.
“That was a make-or-break year for me,” Mortensen said. “I
had to make up my mind to work harder if I wanted to play pro ball.
I had to put it all on the line.”
That meant focusing on drills and mechanics, and dedicating
himself to the weight room.
“We’re all still close friends from that year and we all came
together,” Mortensen said. “We made a run at it and actually won
the conference title. I think we brought the program back to
Mortensen followed fellow Rexburg, Idaho, resident Matt
Lindstrom, who pitches for the Houston Astros, into pro baseball by
“He grew up with my older brother Damon, so he was always at
the house,” Mortensen said. “I didn’t really know he was a good
pitcher until I saw him in junior college and realized he had what
Lindstrom became a model for Mortensen, who made his major
league debut with the Cardinals last year and pitched in September
for the A’s.
“It was nice to get that taste of it,” Mortensen said. “What
it’s like, how the hitters make adjustments. You see that and it’s
motivation to work harder, to stay consistent with my
Correia, who caught on with the Padres last spring training,
continues to work on getting better.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” he said. “I want to
improve on last year. I’m always working on something. Right now
I’m using all my pitches and getting my command.”
Notes: Padres OF Matt Stairs received a warm ovation from A’s
fans even though he has not been in the Oakland organization since
2000. … A’s RHP Justin Duchscherer is scheduled to throw in a
minor-league game on Tuesday and could pitch in a spring game the
following Sunday. … A’s OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) had the day off
and will resume training Sunday. … Padres’ 1B Oscar Salazar was
scratched from the starting lineup with an ongoing foot problem.
… A’s LHP Dallas Braden is also scheduled to pitch in a
minor-league game Tuesday to keep him on schedule. … Padres
manager Bud Black used a fifth infielder in the 10th with Jemile
Weeks at-bat. Ryan Webb struck him out.