The Oakland Athletics took on the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, under blue skies and strong winds, but despite the breeze the team got a pair of homers--one from Andy LaRoche, and another from Michael Taylor--as the Oaklanders bested the Friars 6-2.
LaRoche banged a single and was hit as he pushes to grab the utility role open with the injuries to Adam Rosales, while Taylor who also singled, looks better and better with experience. Bearing in mind the potential brittleness of the Oakland outfield, Taylor could see 2011 playing time. Rosales is not slated to return till early May at this point.
Trevor Cahill started for the A's, pitching four fine innings, allowing just a hit and nothing else, and Tim Stauffer countered, also pitching four, allowing two unearned runs, striking out five while walking none.
Jemile Weeks made a pinch hit appearance, and drove the ball to the wall for an out, but it was an impressive drive into the wind, and pitchers Fernando Cabrera and Brad Ziegler also both turned in fine one-inning stints. For Cabrera it was his second in a row, and Ziegler struck out the side in the seventh with wicked stuff. Oakland's Joe Bateman also pitched a scoreless ninth, showing good movement.
Cameron Maybin belted two hits on the Padres, but otherwise the day was fairly eventful for the San Diegans.
As it now stands, the Padres Opening Day rotation will be:
- Clayton Richard
- Mat Latos
- Aaron Harang
- Tim Stauffer
- and one of, in this order of preference, Wade LeBlanc, Cory Luebke, or Dustin Mosely.