Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 Tuesday night in the majors’ final home opener.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff home run to the deepest part of center field in the second inning before Hisashi Iwakuma quickly regrouped to retire 15 of his final 16 hitters.
Jarrod Parker will face an easier mound opponent than he did in the postseason for the Oakland Athletics as he gets ready to also put some poor outings in spring training behind him.
Oakland first baseman Nate Freiman, claimed off waivers from Houston on Saturday, hit a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin to put the A’s ahead 6-5 with two outs in the fifth.
Jarrod Parker, who had struggled in his two previous starts, gave up two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out five in six innings.
If the A’s are going to make the playoffs again, it will be on the strength of their pitching. A.J. Griffin will be a big part of that.
Tyson Ross gave up two hits and struck out three in three innings, and Yonder Alonso hit one of the San Diego Padres’ three homers in a 10-0 romp over the Oakland Athletics on Monday.
Jarrod Parker pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start, a 13-9 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in a four-hitter to send the Detroit Tigers back to the AL championship series, beating the Oakland Athletics 6-0 in the decisive Game 5 of their division series Thursday night.
Jarrod Parker will start against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the division series Saturday night.