A’s exhibition win livened up by unique Tokyo Dome atmosphere

TOKYO — It was only an exhibition game but the atmosphere inside the Tokyo Dome made the first matchup between the A’s and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters feel like something much more special.

Everything about the pregame batting practice in the A’s 5-1 victory over the Fighters Sunday seemed like an important game. The Japanese fans arrived early and marveled at the show put on by A’s sluggers Khris Davis and Matt Olson. They both took turns peppering the several ads that surround the deepest corners of the stadium well above the bleachers.

A’s legend Rickey Henderson was in the house and got the Elvis treatment as he snuck away from his pregame interviews for a stroll down the right-field line where he signed autographs and was mobbed by fans chanting his name who were hoping to just lay a figure on the Hall of Famer.

Once the actual game began, it was as if the A’s just picked up right where they left off from their 97-win 2018 season.

Robbie Grossman got it started with a bang as he led off with a triple off the wall in right-center and later scored on a Khris Davis groundout that gave the A’s a lead they never relinquished.

Robbie Grossman leads off the game with a triple off the wall in right-center. pic.twitter.com/qQgI66QEcR

— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 17, 2019

Khris Davis nearly homers. Double off the right field wall scores Chapman to make it 2-0 A’s. pic.twitter.com/D2GXB4jsZw

— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 17, 2019

The A’s bullpen was lights-out in what was an all-reliever game that started with opener Liam Hendriks on the mound. Hendriks along with six other pitchers were sharp as they combined for 11 strikeouts and no walks over nine innings.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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