A line drive off of the head was the last thing Johnny Cueto was expecting on his first pitch to Billy Burns. But Cueto shook it off after Josh Reddick hit a 3-run blast later in the inning, retiring six of the next seven Athletics. Again, the focus of the spring for the veterans is on the amount of work they get, not the statistics they have.
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Overall, today’s game had some significant moments. Even with a 10-3 defeat, the San Francisco Giants found out what type of heart their new pitching acquisition has. After taking a liner off of the head, luckily more of a glancing blow as opposed to head-on, Cueto was checked by Bruce Bochy and Dave Groeschner, and allowed to continue. It will take a couple of days to go through the concussion protocol. But he seems to be alright.
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After the news of Madison Bumgarner having to miss a couple of spring starts, it was a tense couple of moments after Cueto was hit. But Bumgarner too said that if it was the regular season, he would not be missing any time.
The numbers may not reflect it, but Jarrett Parker had another good day at the plate. He lined out to center in the first, being robbed by Burns of an RBI and extra base hit. He then lined out to left in the fourth, and was again robbed of a hit by a diving stop by first baseman Yonder Alonso in the sixth.
Conor Gillaspie had a hit in three at bats as did Gorkys Hernandez, who also drove in a run with his triple in the fifth scoring Gillaspie. Matt Duffy hit his first home run of the spring, and Angel Pagan got one hit in three trips.
After Cueto finished three innings, Santiago Casilla gave up an unearned run and a hit in his inning. And roster hopeful Cory Gearrin gave up a hit and a walk without allowing a run in an inning and a third.
After an off day tomorrow, Wednesday is a 1:10 pm start against the Seattle Mariners on MLB.TV and radio at MLB. com.