Calm, cool, even-keeled, consistent. These are new words we should get used to using when describing Jorge De La Rosa.
In light of personal and professional announcements for the Rockies lefty recently, De La Rosa forged ahead, polishing off a fantastic spring in the Cactus League. The Athletics managed one solo home run, six singles and a walk against three strikeouts in 5.2 IP, dropping de la Rosa's spring ERA to 1.80.
The bats took advantage of Brett Anderson, tallying six runs in five innings, highlighted by Troy Tulowitzki's 3-run home run, his team-leading fourth.
In the relief competition department:
- Randy Flores relieved De La Rosa and nearly walked in a run before achieving a flyout.
- Justin Speier was on the mound for two errors, leading to two earned runs and two unearned runs. His Spring ERA is now 4.09. Even though he was hurt by errors, Troy Renck said that Speier hurt his roster chances and was not sharp.
- Manny Corpas' scheduled appearance was scratched before the game.
- Matt Daley got out of a jam by retiring both batters he faced.
Other highlight: Dexter Fowler pulled a brilliant play in the field. After a Rajai Davis single, Fowler observed Davis taking a large turn around first. A quick throw behind him to Brad Eldred resulted in a rundown and an out.
Other lowlight: Eric Young Jr. dropped a routine fly ball in center field, eventually leading to the Athletics' second run.
As I mentioned in the game thread, today marks the final Sunday Spring Training game this year.
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