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Live Blogging: A’s @ Orioles Game 63

June 8, 2011

9:23PM EDT: Sweeney tries to keep it alive with a nine pitch at bat, but finally he could foul off pitches no longer and grounds very weakly out to the aforementioned not supposed to be any good Kevin Gregg who throws it to Lee to seal the Orioles sweep of the A’s returning the favor of two weekends ago. The A’s losing streak now stands at nine. No fire in this team – that is a managerial problem. A’s were 0-for-3 with RISP, problem  there is they just didn’t really get too many guys into scoring position with just five hits (should be six) and two walks. A’s bats need to figure out how to put something together as they just aren’t cutting it – sadly they must figure it out tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field against Mark Buehrle.

9:19PM EDT: Robert Andino with two consecutive good plays at second base. Rosie is being replaced by Ryan Sweeney who must at all costs keep the ball away from Andino it’d seem.

9:14PM EDT: Scoreless eighth for the Orioles care of Bailey. A’s need to score one run – just one little itty bitty run, and the men who need to do something to score it are Kurt Suzuki, David DeJesus and Adam Rosales. The man they must score a run against is a man who has allowed runs aplenty this year: Kevin Gregg. I think I’ve said it virtually everyday but, Gregg is not very good. He has “improved” to a 7.7 K/9 and 6.9 BB/9 ratio, which has lowered his FIP to 4.65. He is now worth only -0.1 WAR. This is their closer. But at the same this is the guy we need to score just one run off of. Shouldn’t be that hard.

9:05PM EDT: Andrew Bailey in to throw for the A’s. Would be nice to see a dominating performance.

9:03PM EDT: Susan Slusser just had two interesting tweets regarding Andy LaRoche,

Andy LaRoche outrighted to Sacramento. #Athletics”

and,

“That means LaRoche cleared waivers and he didn’t decline the assignment; I would guess he’d play 2B fthere or now. #Athletics”

I bet he and Kevin Kouzmanoff didn’t expect to be teammates again so quickly… I’m a bit surprised by this move in several ways. I sort of wouldn’t have been surprised if the A’s released him, I also would not have been surprised had someone claimed him, and I am even more surprised that LaRoche took the assignment.

8:58PM EDT: One-run game as Coco Crisp sacrifices in Jemile Weeks on the fly out to Adam Jones.

8:57PM EDT: Wow unreal. The lights effect Nolan Reimold in left field, he doesn’t even touch the ball. Jemile Weeks races around the bases for what everywhere on earth would be a triple, yet Baltimore’s official scorer looking out for Jim Johnson‘s ERA rules it an E7. Unbelievable. Weeks should in just his second MLB game be sitting here with a single, double and triple. Robbed.

8:53PM EDT: Devine one inning of work, the command he struggled with in Boston is back. Twelves pitches, ten strikes. One K (Derrek Lee).

8:47PM EDT: Joey Devine in. Josh Outman out. Final line on Outman: 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs (all earned), with no walks (very promising!) four K’s and the home run to Reynolds. All on just 78 pitches so not entirely sure why the early exit.

8:24PM EDT: A’s score! Finally! Daric Barton grounds into a double play but it scores Jemile Weeks. So without the A’s managing an RBI they score their first run since the top of the fourth on Monday. O’s still up but a lead is narrowed to 3-1.

8:15PM EDT: Mark Reynolds with a big home run that scores Hardy. Outman is quickly unraveling here in the fifth. O’s stake themselves to a 3-0 lead.

8:14PM EDT: J.J. Hardy singles in Guerrero, so much for stranding him on the bases. Guerrero just moves around a lot, getting to second on a wild pitch. O’s 1, A’s 0.

8:07PM EDT: Vladimir Guerrero reaches and gets a single. Only the second mistake from Outman, first since a second inning single from Derrek Lee. Outman at just 41 pitchers – 26 for strikes, so he has been sharp. He just needs to keep Guerrero from scoring because his offense is not going to pick him up too much so he has to keep everyone he can off the bases more than a pitcher on a usual team would need to.

7:51PM EDT: The A’s bats look asleep at the wheel today. Zach Britton entered the game with just 4.88 K/9 yet already through four innings he has had six Athletics strike out with no one walking. A’s have only managed two hits – not going to get the job done.

7:33PM EDT: One out double for Jemile Weeks over the head of Nolan Reimold in left field makes for his first hit. Solidly hit ball and hopefully the first of many.

7:18PM EDT: Promising first inning of work from Outman as he sets down the O’s on nine pitches – five for strikes.

6:58PM EDT: The A’s and O’s finish off their three game set at Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight with Josh Outman and Zach Britton squaring off. The southpaw rookie Britton, comes into tonight’s game sporting a 3.33 ERA and 4.12 FIP and his peripherals aren’t that much different than those of Chris Jakubauskas which means that the A’s non-existent offense should be held at bay. With the lefty in, Hideki Matsui sits, but David DeJesus is in and playing right field. Conor Jackson, Adam Rosales and Jemile Weeks are the three other non-regulars in the lineup today, and despite the experiment in the six spot seemingly working and the time in the two spot not, Daric Barton is batting second. The temperature is hot (over 100° in Baltimore today) but the A’s bats are not, let’s see if that can change tonight. For Outman he needs to start to throw balls over for strikes – his lack of control has been unbearable to watch at times. If all that goes right – and it seems like it is asking a lot these days – then the A’s might just salvage one win in this series.

In other news, yesterday I was surprised that Bobby Cramer came in to pitch the eighth inning last night. Well, sure enough he will not be the starter on Friday night it will be Graham Godfrey making his MLB debut. He will be the ninth different starter for the A’s in 2011. Godfrey is a 26 year old rookie having a great year in Sacramento acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a deal that sent Marco Scutaro north of the border. In nine starts at Sacramento (he has one start at Midland) Godfrey has pitched 50 1/3 innings of 8.1 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 good for a 2.50 ERA and 3.06 FIP. It seems that Bobby Cramer who is on the Sacramento shuttle, will be sent back to the River Cats to make room for Godfrey. The subsequent roster move is unclear, if Brett Anderson needs Tommy John surgery, he could be placed on the 60-man roster, otherwise I would not be surprised to see Sean Doolittle or Pedro Figueroa floated through waivers.

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