Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 13
I have been to countless baseball games in my life. Tonight, I saw the A’s take on the Angels at Angel Stadium and probably saw something I have never seen, nor am ever likely to see again in my lifetime – and no, it was the A’s getting a 6-0 win.
- Bartolo Colon was the story of the game. He went eight shutout innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out five. That is all fine and dandy, the impressive part? At one point he threw thirty-eight straight strikes. I was at the game and didn’t realize it. But in the eighth inning I was talking with my co-host on TarpTalk, Alan Torres about the crazy ratio of balls to strikes, little did we know what we had witnessed prior which was him not throwing a strike from the second pitch of the fifth inning through the seventh pitch of the eighth inning. 108 pitches in all, 82 for strikes. Wow. He was dominant. As per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle in the 24 years of data available, no one has had a stretch longer, nor really anywhere close (second place is 30).
- This game was everything the first game of this series which I also attended was not. As Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run in the first which would be all the runs the A’s would need. The shot was a no-doubter to left field off of Ervin Santana. Cespedes was 1-for-5, though he was robbed of a hit by Vernon Wells on a sinking line drive to center field. He only struck out once.
- Jonny Gomes also had a solo home run off of Santana a deep shot to left field as well. Gomes now has a batting average of .167 but a slugging percentage of .667 because he has just three hits on the season but all three have been home runs. Gomes later drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the top of the ninth.
- I was happy to see that the A’s runners got some work in today with Seth Smith stealing a bag off of the battery of Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Wilson while Cliff Pennington joined in swiping one off of Jordan Walden and Chris Iannetta.
- Fautino De Los Santos came in in the ninth inning to close out the game in a non-save situation. He had a live arm regularly hitting 95-96mph and struck out one and walked one in his inning of work. Hope to see more of him, don’t understand still what is holding him back from contributing in more than just the least leverage situations.