Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 12
April 17, 2012
The A’s win 5-3. Decent offense, decent pitching, all around good performance. The A’s with the win again move into third place with a 5-7 record a half game ahead of the Angels at 4-7.
- Tyson Ross took the mound for the start and looked good. I find it so strange, he often has these middling Triple-A numbers, perhaps the downside of pitching in the Pacific Coast League, then comes up and looks a lot better. Today was no different as he went six innings, striking out three, and most importantly for him walking nobody. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and left with the A’s behind but it was a good 91 pitch outing and hopefully he can build upon this good foundation in his upcoming starts.
- The middle relief was good in this one. Brian Fuentes earned the win and struck out two in his inning of work and care of a double play ball Ryan Cook had a 1-2-3 inning. Grant Balfour was fine aside from a meaningless solo shot to Vernon Wells that was too little, too late and earned the save.
- Daric Barton got his first home run since October 1st, 2010, a nice drive to right field off of Angels starter and former Athletic Dan Haren who also earned a no decision in his six and two-third – what is it with Mike Scioscia and early exits for his starters this series? On the very next pitch following the Barton home run another scuffling Athletic nearly had a home run as Josh Donaldson was robbed by Peter Bourjos on a leaping catch at the center field wall.
- The offensive star of the game was again Josh Reddick. Reddick who has hit the ball better than everyone all year and often sadly hit very well and hard but right at someone, went 3-for-4 with a key ground rule double that gave the A’s the lead 3-2.
- Yoenis Cespedes followed Reddick’s ground rule double with a single to score two and give the A’s the insurance they needed. Overall Cespedes had a 2-for-4 day to raise his average to .243 while only striking out once, also adding his second stolen base of the young season.