Recap: A’s @ Diamondbacks Game 59
The interleague schedule chugs along and the A’s traveled to their spring home of Phoenix where the results were much different from the success they enjoyed in the Cactus League schedule as they lost a heartbreaker to the Diamondbacks 9-8 with a Ryan Roberts walk off home run.
- Brian Fuentes blew this one. The A’d had staked themselves out to a 6-0 lead, one to watch it all fizzle in flames as he lost the late lead and earned his third blown save of the season. Fuentes came in to protect a two run lead in the ninth, and in two thirds of an inning allowed, three earned runs, on two hits and a walk, with the lone problem being the Roberts home run that sealed the deal for Arizona. Fuentes saw his ERA balloon to 5.24 with the loss, his second on the season.
- Another poor bullpen performance came from Sean Doolittle who allowed two earned runs his two-thirds of an inning on the hill allowing a single to Willie Bloomquist and a double to Jason Kubel (who would score later with Grant Balfour on the mound). He threw four non-four seam fastballs representing the first of his career thus far out of his 21 pitches (13 of which were strikes).
- That is not however not to say that the A’s starter had a good game as he did not either. Tommy Milone went five innings allowing four earned runs on nine hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. Of those nine hits two were home runs in the thin Chase Field night. The strong sticked Milone however did go 1-for-3 driving in two runs, to help out his own cause.
- The sharpest pitcher for Oakland was Ryan Cook pitching against his former club. Cook went an inning, striking out three Dbacks, while allowing just one hit.
- In a 9-8 game the offense is doing something right and this game was no different. The A’s sprayed 16 hits off of Dback pitching, including three hits a piece from their 3-4-5 hitters (Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Brandon Inge). Smith, who also had an incredible home run saving catch to benefit Milone, also hit his fifth home run of the year off former Athletic Craig Breslow (a lefty no less!). Reddick and Inge also victimized Breslow for extra base hits with both achieving a double.
- Another strong hitting performance came from Cliff Pennington who went 2-for-5 with two doubles, who also made a great defensive play in the ninth inning.
- The team hit well with runners in scoring position going 5-for-10.