SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Buster Posey got off to a strong start as he doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring.
But Josh Reddick had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in leading the Oakland Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
“There’s always that anxiousness to the first time,” Posey said. “Everything felt good. To me, it’s about mentally being there more than anything, try to get something out of it and not go through the motions.”
Jake Peavey worked an inning for the Giants, giving up two runs and four hits. Casey McGehee added two hits.
Marcus Semien had two hits and drove in three, giving him seven RBIs in his first two exhibition games, all against the Giants. He has more RBIs than the Giants have as a team.
Jesse Chavez went two scoreless innings for the A’s. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one.
For the second straight day, the A’s jumped on a Giants starter early. In the top of the first, Sam Fuld, Reddick and Ike Davis each singled ahead of Semien, who singled home two runs.
The A’s scored three times in the first against Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday.
Giants: Peavy said he felt child-like excitement when he took the mound in the top of the first. “It wasn’t a jittery excitement,” he said. “It was fun to see Jim Reynolds, the umpire, Bob Melvin in the other dugout, and just looking around, let’s play a baseball game!” Peavy took a mound for just the sixth time since the Giants won the World Series. He hasn’t thrown during the offseason for about 10 years. “I want to get ready and still save something for September and October,” Peavy said. “I’m trying to get ready for April 6. I like to get that first one out of the way. About the middle of spring I will have a good idea of what I need to work on.”
Athletics: Reddick was impressed with the way Chavez handled himself in the first inning, getting two quick outs but then needing to pitch out of a minor jam. “Walking Posey is never a bad idea, especially after that tough double by (Hunter) Pence,” said the A’s outfielder. “It was a good start for him.
Athletics: A’s announcer Ken Korach has been dealing with a left knee injury and was unable to make it to spring training the first week. He underwent knee replacement surgery three years ago. Korach sent an open letter to the A’s community. “I’ve been holding out hope that I can make it to Arizona for the first spring training broadcast, but now I know that I won’t make it,” he wrote. . Billy Butler was scratched from the starting lineup because of a stomach ailment.
Giants: Former Giants pitcher and current announcer Mike Krukow has been dealing with a leg problem and missed the first two days of the exhibition season. According to his partner, Duane Kuiper, Krukow is doing well and is expected in Arizona on Friday. . SS Brandon Crawford has a slight shoulder problem that limits his playing time. He should be ready to play in the field next week.
RHP Ryan Vogelsong, in the mix for a spot in the rotation, gets the start for the Giants on Thursday when the Chicago Cubs visit. Jacob Turner is the announced Cubs starter.
LHP Barry Zito takes the mound against professional hitters for the first time since 2013 when the A’s travel to the Cubs on Thursday. Travis Wood will go for the Cubs.