Sunday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., A’s vs Cubs (A’s 9-8)
So our former “closer” Santiago Casilla
made his spring debut for the A’s yesterday taking the mound very late after a nearly month long visa “tie up”.
Not surprisingly he struggled for most of an inning throwing a wild pitch and allowing 2 hits, a walk and 2 runs.
OAKLAND A’S MANAGER Bob Melvin
doesn’t seem to be worried and even quoted me before the game when he said the game “wouldn’t matter”.
“It was my first outing. It’s just practice for me right now,” said Casilla with the help of a translator.
“I was a little bit out of control. I thought my balance was a little bit off,”
“It was my first outing, so pitches weren’t where I wanted them to be, but it’s not a long process for me. It’s just the first one.”
I don’t remember him bothering to give us any of those fine excuses!
Oh well…the best of luck to you Casilla and to the A’s at least he didn’t loose the game for you!