A's 9, Rockies 4 (boxscore)
Herrera created two runs in two plate appearances in less than two minutes time without hitting a home run.
1st: He doubled leading off the third. Eric Young attempted to bunt him over on the next pitch, it was misplayed by Trevor Cahill and Daric Barton, allowing Johnny to score from second.
2nd: Herrera tripled and scored right away on a wild pitch.
The against an 18 game winner from last season that had pretty good stuff today. If Herrera isn't hitting second and playing second on opening day, the Rockies aren't fielding their best possible lineup.
Nice day for Spilly going 3-for-3 with three singles and an RBI.
First inning: Nicasio struggled out of the gate with his fastball command. Velocity was fine, he just didn't know where it was going the first 5-6 batters. His breaking ball wasn't a whole lot better. In fact, the pitch he struck Kurt Suzuki out on was a hanger middle of the plate. Instead of a three run first for Oakland, it could have easily been six right there.
Second inning: Was better. And he's a guy with the arrow still pointing up, so he shouldn't be judged too harshly based on today's performance.
The Oakland A's TV color analyst gets a miss for starting to say Hideki Matsui's spring home run would be front page news in Japan tomorrow. He did catch himself in the middle of his ridiculous statement, but also added that it was cool the ball hit the sushi sign. W. T. F.
NCAA Tournament Selection Committee
I'm not a Colorado fan, but I feel terrible for all of the students, former students and fans of that program who sit dumbfounded this afternoon. That team and those kids were better than at least 7-8 at large selections. Really a shame.
Sorry, too much non-baseball related material today. We'll get back to more baseball talk tomorrow.