Inoa Makes Pro Debut at Fitch Park as A's Drop Hammer on Cubs

Cody Shields launched a grand slam home run to cap a five-run Cub 1st inning, but the EXST A’s followed with twelve unanswered runs while holding the EXST Cubs scoreless en route to a 12-5 victory in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.


Oakland A’s 18-year old 6’7 Dominican RHP Michael Inoa made his long-awaited pro debut at Fitch Park today, throwing one inning (10 pitches) for the EXST A's. He walked Sergio Burruel on a 3-2 pitch to lead-off the bottom of the 7th inning, before inducing Blair Springfield to bounce into a first-pitch 5-4-3 DP, and striking out Jose Guevara on three fastballs. Inoa received a record $4.25M bonus when he signed with the A’s as a 16-year old in July 2008, but his debut was delayed for more than a year due to a sore elbow.


Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):


LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, P-6, CS)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: 2-4 (1B, 1B, F-9, F-7, R)
3. Brandon May, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-9, BB, R)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-4 (1-2 FC, K, F-7, K, R)
5. Alvaro Ramirez, DH #2: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2-3, R, RBI)
6. Cody Shields, LF: 1-4 (HR, 6-3, 6-4-3 GIDP, P-3, R, 4 RBI)
7. Sergio Burruel, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, F-9, BB)
8. Blair Springfield, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, K, 5-4-3 GIDP)
9. Jose Guevara, C: 1-3 (1B, F-8, K, SB)
10. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 0-3 (K, 3-U, L-5)


PITCHERS:
1. Luis Liria – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 47 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Hector Mayora – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Andres Quezada - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
4. Carlos Rojas - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R (0- ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 36 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Danny Keefe - 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GO/FO, 47 pitches (32 strikes)
NOTE: Keefe’s final inning was terminated (“rolled”) with one out after Keefe had thrown his 26th pitch of the inning 


ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Blair Springfield E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base – eventually scored unearned run)
2. SS Pin-Chieh Chen E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – did not score)
3. SS Pin-Chieh Chen E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jose Guevara: 2-2 CS, 2 PB


ATTENDANCE: 13


WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, hot, and VERY breezy, with temperatures in the 90’s

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Comments

AzPhil -

Thanks for the great report! At what point has Aaron Shafer actually done enough to warrant a promotion to Double A?

Phil, has Shields improved that much? I remember you saying that he was one of the worst hitters you"d ever seen. Thanks.

#2 Re: Inoa Makes Pro Debut at Fitch Park as A's Drop Hammer on ...
Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 05/22/2010 - 10:19am.
Phil, has Shields improved that much? I remember you saying that he was one of the worst hitters you"d ever seen. Thanks.

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HAGSAG: Cody Shields looked really lost at the plate in Minor League Camp and the first couple of weeks of Extended Spring Training, but that might have been because he had TJS last July and was making his pro debut this year. He looks a lot better now, though. In fact, he just seems to keep getting better every week. His confidence is sky high after the grand salami. (BTW, Shields bears a bit of a resemblance to Khalil Greene, and is one of the guys who leads a team prayer on the field before each game for the players who wish to do that).

from gordo witty's twooter feed...

riot, castro, lee, byrd, rami (dh), sori, nady (rf), soto, baker (3b).

going against a LH pitcher, btw.

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