PHOENIX — Last spring, Jarrod Parker was on edge during his time in Oakland's training camp. He was unrealistically pushing himself to make a good impression. Once he calmed down, he was solid.
Parker pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start Friday, a 13-9 Athletics' loss to the San Francisco Giants.
"I was trying to do way too much trying to make the team," Parker said. "I wanted to make a splash. This year I can prepare slower and smarter and that's a good thing."
Brandon Belt had three hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who scored seven times in sixth inning against reliever Travis Blackley.
Chris Young, in his first appearance in a week, added two hits for the Athletics.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner went 1 2-3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
"I'm not in a routine yet," Bumgarner said. "I'm just trying to get everything to be the way I want it in the regular season. Sure, I want to pitch well but there are things to work on."
Santiago Casilla, credited with the win, and Shane Loux each pitched a scoreless inning for the Giants.
Parker needed just 22 pitches, 18 for strikes, to get through his stint. If not for Marco Scutaro, who battled Parker through a nine-pitch at-bat, he would have been even more efficient.
"Some of those pitches weren't even strikes and he kept fighting them off," Parker said. "He's a tough out every time at bat."