Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 85
The Mariners don’t pack much punch but they did Saturday night defeating the A’s 7-1. Likewise, the Astros don’t pack much punch but I was in Lancaster watching their California League entry, the Lancaster JetHawks deliver a 9-5 win over the future Athletics of the Stockton Ports. Not a good day to be this particular A’s fan I guess.
- Jarrod Parker had some sort of “record” going. It is unclear if he would’ve won it or if the parameters would have changed since it was basically that he was one of two pitchers since 1900 to allow a run or fewer in 10 for their first 14 starts. Does someone else get in if it is 10 of 15? Who knows/cares. Regardless, he allowed far more than just a run today as in his four and two-thirds innings on the mound he was tagged for six runs (five earned), on six hits, two walks, and six strikeouts along with surrendering a home run to Casper Wells. That Parker had only two walks was somewhat miraculous as his control was far from pinpoint all evening, as only 53 of his 94 pitches crossed the plate for strikes.
- The short outing meant that Travis Blackley was pressed into the long man role, throwing three innings, of one hit, three strikeout baseball. I have to say, I lambasted the decision to acquire him thinking he was washed up and pretty near useless, but he has been a very pleasant surprise for this Oakland team as in his 51 1/3 innings in Oakland he now sports a 2.63 ERA but that is supported by an FIP of 2.60 and strong peripherals: 5.6 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and 0.2 HR/9 for 1.4 WAR on the year already. Evan Scribner also pitched an inning, allowing a hit and striking out one.
- The A’s got all their run scoring on one swing of the bat, Josh Reddick launched his 20th home run of the 2012 campaign in the first inning off of M’s starter Jason Vargas. Vargas seems to be such an A’s killer (not that lots of rotations have such a pitcher these days), but his career mark against Oakland actually is not altogether that noteworthy though he went the full nine in this one.
- The A’s offense didn’t muster up many runs, but their hits also were not spread across many members of the team. Coco Crisp had three as a part of a 3-for-4 night (all singles), Josh Reddick had two including his home run, and Brandon Inge and Jemile Weeks both added hits to the seven total. The team only left three runners stranded perhaps aided by Weeks grounding into two double plays while both Brandon Hicks and Reddick also killed two birds with one stone for Vargas and the Mariners.