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Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 14

April 19, 2012

The A’s took on dreaded Angels starter and whiner-in-chief C.J. Wilson at Angel Stadium and won. The A’s took three of four from the reeling Angels and prevented the-I-still-believe-to-be-much-older-than-32 Albert Pujols from getting his first home run as a Halo with a 4-2 win tonight.

  • The A’s at one point had a 4-0 lead in this game and got all their runs off of Wilson. Wilson walked three, all of whom came around to score. The lawyerballing A’s were Seth Smith, who scored on a Kurt Suzuki double in the second; and Yoenis Cespedes, who had back-to-back walks with Jonny Gomes in the fourth, both of whom scored on a Wilson throwing error.
  • Tommy Milone only went five innings the victim of a high pitch count (94). During his outing he managed just four swinging strikes, all on the change up. Don’t know how long this lack of swinging strikes can persist. Especially if he has a fastball that he throws in this game at least 40.9% of the time yet doesn’t elicit one whiff.
  • The bullpen was interesting. Fautino De Los Santos relieved Milone, promptly walked Mark Trumbo on five pitches, then allowed a single to Chris Iannetta. That killed his outing which was disappointing since, holding together a two run lead was the toughest spot he’s been used in in quite some time and one has to wonder when he is thrown in again. Jordan Norberto got him out of the mess with another walk-free inning. Didn’t like the next decision. Ryan Cook was brought in for the seventh as opposed to the eighth to face three righties. That would’ve been fine if Bob Melvin was thinking, Cook gets the three righties, then Brian Fuentes comes in to get some lefties later on, but while Cook allowed more than the minimum, there is no way that this would’ve worked out. Had Cook faced the minimum it would’ve been Cook facing: Howie Kendrick (R), Pujols (R), Torii Hunter (R), then presumably the next three would be Vernon Wells (R), Trumbo (R) and Iannetta (R). Why not use Neil Wagner then Ryan Cook? I guess it says something about Cook that you have him face the three tougher hitters in Kendrick, Pujols, Hunter. But why throw Fuentes in there to face three decent right-handed bats? Ultimately, Fuentes ended up facing Iannetta, Erick Aybar (S) and Peter Bourjos (R), a trio I still would probably throw Neil Wagner to first, but he got through the inning fine. Grant Balfour came in secured the save a non-traditional 1-2-3 inning (a Josh Donaldson error, followed by a double play).
  • Offensively, Gomes got his first non-home run hit, a single. Suzuki had that two RBI double, and Kila Ka’aihue added a single giving Daric Barton – who would later pinch hit – a night off. The A’s really capitalized off of the times they were walked and got on via errors or this game would’ve had a different outcome.
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