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Recap: Indians @ A’s Game 15

April 20, 2012

A’s entered the day tied for second place with a 7-7 record to take on Ubaldo Jimenez and the 6-5 and also in second place Indians. The A’s would not be victorious in the one falling 4-3. Prior to the game, as I had expected Neil Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for the A’s new addition waiver-claim Rich Thompson from the Los Angeles Angels. Wagner failed to make an appearance in his brief stint with the A’s.

  • Graham Godfrey falls to 0-3 and while win-loss records on a team especially like the A’s can be somewhat meaningless, Godfrey has earned the 0-3 mark with a 5.06 ERA, 5.36 FIP and 0.0 WAR over the course of the season. The real problem is he isn’t getting any strikeouts and is walking too many guys as he has a 1.00 K/BB ratio at 3.9 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. He therefore can’t overcome the great deal of fortune he has been having on batted balls (.245 BABIP). One dramatic change from this year to last year is the 44.0% GB% of 2011 has shrunk to just 22.6% this season. Today’s game was particularly a weak effort, with five innings featuring four earned runs on just three hits, but with a whopping five bases on balls. He only managed to K three.
  • The bullpen featured, Jerry Blevins pitching two scoreless innings against his home state team. Fautino De Los Santos again was given two batters that he did not record an out with walking Travis Hafner on five pitches then surrendering a single to Shelley Duncan, same sequence that occurred in his last outing in Anaheim. Finally, could the myth of Jordan Norberto be over? He threw two scoreless innings but his walk-free streak came screeching to a halt as in his two innings he walked three Indians. The A’s pitching altogether walked nine Indians hitters so it is somewhat miraculous they kept them at bay as much as they did.
  • Josh Reddick had a home run in the third inning to tie it. Unfortunately, two batters earlier Jemile Weeks was robbed on an outstanding leap by Jason Donald or it’d have been a two run shot. Reddick’s blast landed in the right field bleachers and was his second of the year.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while driving in two. His numbers this year are still out of this world. In 58 plate appearances he has an interesting .265/.379/.551 slash line with a startlingly good .411 wOBA and 163 wRC+.The wOBA and 163 wRC+ are tops for AL rookies as are his four home runs among MLB rookies which double the next highest – Kirk Nieuwenhuis of the Mets.
  • Defensively this game feature two incredible throws. The first was a great throw in the fifth, though the outcome wasn’t there. Shin-Soo Choo hit one to right field and Jason Kipnis slid in safe despite another great throw from Reddick. Kipnis gets his hand in behind Anthony Recker to slide in safe. Later in the seventh, a base hit from Carlos Santana went to left where Seth Smtih threw a perfect laser to get Choo at the plate. Great tag applied by Anthony Recker on that play.
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