Recap: Dodgers @ A’s Game 69
One has to wonder if the A’s can figure out away to have Tommy Milone get all of his starts at home. A compete game 4-1 victory for the southpaw improves his mark to a 4.13 ERA and 4.66 FIP but the home/road split has been enormous (entering this game he had a 0.98 ERA and 3.14 FIP at home, to a 7.42 ERA and 6.29 FIP on the road). If he could only pitch in Oakland, the team would be set.
- Milone needed only 112 pitches (73 for strikes) to mow down the Dodgers, allowing only one earned run (on a second inning double by Juan Uribe), on three hits with a walk and just two strikeouts. The K/9 rate still is low at just 5.2 on the year and he had just two strikeouts tonight, so there is a lot of room to grow for Milone but this was a very good outing.
- Offensively, the A’s didn’t do too much scoring four runs on eight hits. They did a much better job though of capitalizing on runners, hitting 3-for-6 with runner in scoring position and only stranding six. Yoenis Cespedes back in the lineup and playing designated hitter, went 2-for-4 with a double off of Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi. Seth Smith too added a double his lone hit on a 1-for-3 with a walk night.
- Brandon Moss had an insurance home run in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 4-1. The home run, his seventh, came in just his 13th game, and 48th plate appearance as he is now just one way from his career high eight which he did in 2008 in time split between the Red Sox and Pirates though he did that in 263 plate appearances.
- Josh Reddick‘s slump continued as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Reddick has gone hitless since Friday when he went 1-for-5. Since that hit he has gone on to an 0-for-21 skid.