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Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 11

April 16, 2012

I had the pleasure (not sure if that is the right word to use…) of seeing this game live at the Big A tonight in Anaheim. The A’s got beat 6-0 and it seemed over before it even really began in many ways as the three runs surrendered by Brandon McCarthy in the first inning on a Kendrys Morales home run did in fact prove to be more than the A’s could overcome.

  • McCarthy said after the game that he felt his command wasn’t there and I felt that his pitching motion didn’t look quite right either. He seemed to have sort of a hitch and put a lot of weight on his back leg at an odd moment. I will try and get a clip up to demonstrate what I mean at some point. Regardless the Angels kept hitting him and hitting him. His pitch count surprisingly never got too high, perhaps because so many Halos reached base, and it just felt like he threw 140 pitches not the 99 that he did in fact throw. He ultimately went seven innings (having pitched to two hitters in the eighth) allowing five runs (all earned, two allowed while Andrew Carignan manned the mound) on eleven hits, walking nobody and striking out four, the big blow being the Morales home run in the first. Defensively McCarthy also looked out of sorts as on a Peter Bourjos infield single, McCarthy ran over to cover first, beat Bourjos to the bag except that McCarthy thought the bag was from my vantage about two or three feet away from where it actually was making a beeline for the phantom base and assuring Bourjos ended up safe.
  • Speaking of Carignan, he was demoted following the game, I imagine that Neil Wagner a right-hander on the 40-man roster takes his place, but we shall see. He deserved to be demoted frankly, as his outing was nothing short of atrocious. In one inning of work he was tagged for just one earned run, but walked three, allowed both of his inherited runners to score and uncorked a run scoring wild pitch. Of his 25 pitches, fifteen were balls. This upped his ERA to 6.23 on the year and surely will bump up his FIP as well.
  • Offensively there was little to speak of regarding the A’s. They didn’t score though they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth against Angels reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Josh Reddick led the way for the A’s offensively managing a double off of Scott Downs and a single to go 2-for-4. Reddick also had a nice play on defense to get Morales trying to leg out a double – teams are going to stop running on him.
  • Kila Ka’aihue who is on the bubble, went 1-for-4, so his batting average fell to .438. I realize he is just 7-for-16, and small sample size and all that but when the move to add Tyson Ross to the 40-man is completed how can the A’s actually honestly say to their fans they are DFA’ing the best hitting player on the team at present moment. Remember, no one has a ton of at bats and after Ka’aihue the team’s top hitter is Seth Smith at .250 followed by Josh Reddick at .237. I just don’t know how you justify DFA’ing the one guy who is actually hitting when you have guys like Collin Cowgill (0-for-7) with options remaining.
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