Home Sweet Home and Some New A’s
The A’s returned to Oakland yesterday and with the expanded September rosters some new men were added to the club. First to the roster moves. The A’s recalled infielder Adam Rosales from the River Cats which was an expected move, also expected the A’s activated Michael Wuertz from the disabled list. Not entirely unexpected, the A’s recalled outfielder Michael Taylor and as a surprise to me at least they purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Andrew Carignan from Sacramento. To put Carignan on the 40-man roster the A’s finally moved first baseman Daric Barton to the 60-day disabled list. Rosales and Wuertz have spent most of their season’s on either the disabled list or in Oakland, Taylor acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Wallace in a sort of add-on to the Roy Halladay – Cliff Lee trade which had Taylor go from Philadelphia to Toronto. In 93 games with the River Cats this year, Taylor hit .272/.360/.456. The Stanford alum was also good for 16 home runs, as he posted a .361 wOBA and 103 wRC+. Carignan, was drafted by Oakland in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB draft. He moved around this year playing in Stockton, then working his way up to Midland prior to pitching for the River Cats. In his five minor-league seasons he has thrown 150 innings in relief, posting 11.7 K/9 with a sloppy 6.2 BB/9. He has a 2.94 career minor league ERA, though this year he has seen it fall to 1.85 with 10.6 K/9 and a much improved 2.8 BB/9.
In the ballgame both Taylor and Carignan would make their debuts with Taylor getting the start in right field (it will be interesting to see how much of a shot in left field Billy Beane and Bob Melvin give him with David DeJesus hoping to retain Type-B status and needing the playing time to do so – currently the MLBTradeRumors.com reverse engineered Elias rankings have him a relatively solid Type-B). Taylor got off to a shaky start with the first ball hit to him resulting in a two-base error to Ichiro Suzuki who would come around to score and give the M’s an early 1-0 lead. A Brendan Ryan single in the top of the second would make the score 2-0 for the M’s and that would be it for them.
Guillermo Moscoso on the hill – still not sure what to make of him – settled in at that point and would go seven innings of two run (one earned), five hit, one walk, six strikeout ball before giving way to Fautino De Los Santos. Meanwhile, the A’s bats came alive. In the bottom of the third, three singles loaded the bases for Hideki Matsui, who doubled to clear the bases and give the A’s a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning Brandon Allen would single home Matsui to make it 4-2. In the bottom of the fifth, a Scott Sizemore single would bring the lead to 5-2 for Oakland. And after one more run scored on a wild pitch, Cliff Pennington would hit a three run home run to make it 9-2 in the seventh which is what the score would finish at.
No complaints from A’s fans and it’ll be exciting to see the new additions in the weeks ahead.