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Live Blogging: White Sox @ A’s Game 18

April 23, 2012

Bartolo Colon takes on Jake Peavy and the White Sox. Peavy is off to a great start, 2.75 ERA even better 1.92 FIP backed by his 9.6 K/9, 0.9 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 across 19 2/3 innings. Colon too of course has been very good, 27 1/3 innings pitched, 2.63 ERA also bettered by his FIP (2.25) with a less impressive 6.3 K/9 but besting Peavy with 0.7 BB/9, and 0.3 HR/9. A’s lineup is a bit different than what we’ve seen before, namely because of the inclusion of new acquistion Luke Hughes at third base (batting 8th) and also the return of Coco Crisp (batting 2nd). Bob Melvin has also opted to play the hot hand and keep Kila Ka’aihue at first base.

  • 7:16PM PDT – Top of 1st, 2 out – Walk for Adam Dunn. What is this? Colon isn’t supposed to walk anyone. Mr. 38 straight strikes.
  • 7:20PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 1 out – Three pitch strikeout for Peavy. Not a great start for Jemile Weeks and the A’s.
  • 7:38PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 2 out – Great double play as Gordon Beckham grounds into the 5-4-3. Technical difficulties on my end so that accounts for the gap.
  • 7:41PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 2 out – Control problems for Colon. Third walk of the game as he gives the free pass to Alejandro De Aza. One walk an inning so far through three. 41 pitches, 24 for strikes, not sharp in the early go.
  • 7:46PM PDT – Bottom of 3rd, 2 out – Peavy still perfect through eight hitters. White Sox have a perfect game already this week care of Phil Humber up in Seattle on Saturday. Hughes strikes out to keep Peavy perfect and basically looks like what we’ve come to expect from A’s third basemen this season.
  • 7:50PM PDT – Bottom of 3rd, 3 out – Took nine pitches (all strikes) get Cliff Pennington out. Peavy is perfect once through the lineup, 37 pitches, 27 for strikes.
  • 7:52PM PDT – Top of 4th, 0 out – First pitch of the fourth inning and Dunn deposits it into the right field bleachers. White Sox up 1-0.
  • 7:53PM PDT – Top of 4th, 0 out – Make it back-to-back. Paul Konerko takes an 0-2 pitch and pokes it right over the shorter part of the fence in right-center, scrapes the back of the fence. White Sox make it 2-0 now on Konerko’s 399th career dinger.
  • 7:56PM PDT – Top of 4th, 1 out – Melvin looks rather nonplussed in the dugout as Pennington struggles to get the ball out of his glove resulting in Dayan Viciedo being safe at first, along with Alex Rios safe at second (he was previously on board with a single). Mess that the A’s have themselves in now.
  • 8:01PM PDT – Bottom of 4th, 0 out – We successfully jinxed the perfect game. Base hit straight up the middle for Weeks.
  • 8:04PM PDT – Bottom of 4th, 0 out – Crisp draws a walk. A’s in business here. Maybe the dam is breaking?
  • 8:07PM PDT – Bottom of 4th, 2 out – Josh Reddick hits into a 4-6-3 double play. Helps Peavy get out of a jam right there.
  • 8:11PM PDT – Top of 5th, 2 out – Turns out Colon is at it again. 21 straight strikes before ball one to Dunn. I wonder, given that typically this isn’t something one looks at, how often pitchers do rattle off 21 in a row?
  • 8:33PM PDT – Bottom of 6th, 3 out – Quite a few really quick innings for both Colon and Peavy. Colon has made two very costly mistakes and that’s all that separates these guys. Great pitching performances all around.
  • 8:38PM PDT – Top of 7th, 2 out – Brent Morel got on via a single. Following that Gordon Beckham hit one to Weeks at second and had a weird but good shovel pass to Pennington. Pennington had an even more impressive play throwing it flat footed from second with a good throw though wide. To complete the great play Ka’aihue applied the tag to get that one completed. Nice all round defensive play.
  • 8:46PM PDT – Bottom of 7th, 1 out – Yoenis Cespedes blasts it down into the left field corner for a double. Great swing, he really smacks the ball when he hits it. I am very impressed with him.
  • 8:51PM PDT – Top of 8th, 0 out – Pedro Figueroa comes out to relieve Colon. Colon went seven innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs both on the back-to-back solo shots, while walking three and striking out just two. All in all not his greatest outing but not terrible either.
  • 8:52PM PDT – Top of 8th, 0 out – Four pitch walk to Dunn. Not the way you want to start an inning.
  • 8:55PM PDT – Top of 8th, 1 out – Good work by Figueroa, he fell behind Konerko 2-0, but comes back to K him. Nice work.
  • 9:05PM PDT – Bottom of 8th, 2 out – Hughes hit one to dead center. Welcome to the Coliseum. De Aza had to make a nice play running back at full speed to get that, but didn’t even make it to the warning track.
  • 9:07PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – Fautino De Los Santos comes in to relieve Figueroa. While he has appeared in five games he just has three innings to his name as he didn’t record an out in either of his last two times out each time walking the leadoff man on five pitches before allowing a single. One would think his overall record would be a mess but it really isn’t. Yes he has a walk per inning, but he also has a strikeout per inning. He has not allowed a single run, despite the walks and despite the .400 BABIP. His FIP (3.94) is slightly higher than it was last year (3.54) and aside from a general sort of wildness (that he has last year as well) the only other difference is a slight loss of differentiation between the fastball and the change (7.0 mph in 2011, 5.5 mph in 2012) – mostly due to his fastball clocking in 1.3 mph slower this year, though at 94.5 mph is that cause for concern?
  • 9:08PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – First pitch and Morel hits a double off the left field wall. Another inauspicious start for him.
  • 9:10PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – Well there goes the not allowing a run all year thing. A wild pitch gets Morel to third where the single by Beckham past the drawn in infield gets Morel home. Four pitches to get all this mess for De Los Santos, and the A’s now trail 3-0.
  • 9:11PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – Again another hit this one just past a diving Pennington. De Aza is on first. Tough luck the past one. The double by Morel was smoked, Beckham’s was a solid hit, De Aza’s was pure luck.
  • 9:14PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – Hughes isn’t winning any new fans in Oakland. Ball is hit to Hughes, should’ve got the lead runner (Beckham) but instead throws it high to Weeks pulling him off the bag, everybody is safe. Ugh. And that is all for De Los Santos, a third straight outing without retiring a single batter. Could it be him demoted when Jarrod Parker is called up despite the very left-handed tilt that’d give to the bullpen? Jerry Blevins is coming in to face the left-handed Dunn. He has thrown six and a third innings, of 2.84 ERA baseball. His FIP (6.25) is a lot messier care of the 2.8 HR/9 he is allowing as of now. Good news is the walk rate is back down (1.4 BB/9). Fun situation for him, no one out bases loaded.
  • 9:19PM PDT – Top of 9th, 1 out – Big strikeout. He got burned on an earlier pitch that should’ve been strike three, went all the way to 3-2 and gets Dunn looking. Great outing, because that’s it. He is being pulled for the right-handed Rich Thompson to make his A’s debut to face Konerko. Glad to see this, if you have that many left-handed arms, use them.
  • 9:21PM PDT – Top of 9th, 2 out – One pitch. One out. Good work so far by Thompson as Konerko lines out weakly to Pennington.
  • 9:24PM PDT – Top of 9th, 2 out – A.J. Pierzynski grounds it up the middle. Weeks should’ve just run to touch the bag, but tries to flip it to Pennington, bobbles it. Everyone is safe. Its ruled a hit, he gets an RBI. The Pale Hose lead rises to 4-0.
  • 9:25PM PDT – Top of 9th, 3 out – Thankfully the inning is over. But the damage is done. A’s have scored four runs in one inning just one time this year. They have played in 163 2/3 innings on offense thus far. Which means they score four or more runs in 2.4% of those innings – they have yet to score more than four in an inning in 2012. Tough sledding, especially given Peavy has only allowed two hits through eight.
  • 9:30PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 1 out – Crisp gets a single to right. Just the third off Peavy, the A’s will need a few more.
  • 9:31PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 2 out – Reddick didn’t miss it by much. To the base of the wall out in right field to the Haas jersey in right. Crisp was good to get back to first and take second. Not sure it was worth the risk given the deficit.
  • 9:32PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 3 out – Cespedes pops it up the chute. Pierzynski has it (nearly collided with Morel and Peavy). Game over.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2012 10:56 pm

    More like scraped the back wall. That was a no doubter.

    • April 23, 2012 11:01 pm

      Konerko’s? It got into that tiny little gap where the wall goes down. I mean it is a heck of a hit. But in this ballpark, tonight, it just scraped that wall man. Barely over it.

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