Recap: A’s @ Orioles Game 99
I am not a fan of high scoring games, so 14-9 games just aren’t my thing. But this one was any A’s fan’s thing. The A’s capped the night with a six run top of the ninth to snatch victory fr0m Baltimore (not so dissimilar to earlier this year when the O’s stole one from the A’s in a walkoff). The big inning featured six A’s hits and a walk that accounted for all those runs as All-Star O’s closer Jim Johnson blew the save to the tune of all six runs going on his ledger.
- The A’s offense was clicking on all six cylinders and the offense was spread out as six A’s had multi-hit games with Chris Carter, Coco Crisp, Brandon Hicks, Brandon Inge, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith all getting two hits a piece. Carter smacked his seventh home run of the year and what a pleasant surprise he has been. I wanted the A’s to play him because I felt it was important to see what he was made of, but he has just done nothing but impress with a .269/.387/.692 slash line, seven home runs, 16.1% BB% and .448 wOBA and 190 wRC+ in his 62 plate appearances for 0.5 WAR. While I don’t anticipate he keeps up this pace at all, he has been far better than expected. The home run he hit off of Zach Britton was a monster shot landing halfway up the left field lower deck bleachers. Hicks also hit a home run, his second of the year (and his career) a run or two deep in the left field corner which at the time gave the A’s at 5-0 lead that they’d relinquish before obviously getting it back.
- While RBI is not a stat I am at all enamored of, it can tell you a bit about how a game went and Smith’s five RBI after coming in as a pinch hitter were quite impressive. He entered replacing Jonny Gomes in the sixth with the bases loaded and doubled home all three runners. Then as a part of the six run ninth he doubled home two more runs.
- Reddick also had a big game with a double and a triple. The double was a bizarre one. Got over the head of Adam Jones in center field hit the top of the wall where it caromed back to Jones who caught it. It was ruled a double and not a home run.
- On the pitching side of the equation A’s pitchers did give up nine runs in nine innings so that was not pretty. The main problem pitcher was starter Jarrod Parker who did not bring his A game to the game. Parker went five innings allowing six earned runs on eight hits and a walk despite also throwing eight strikeouts. The pitcher who has not given up many home runs in 2012 (0.5 HR/9, 6.6% HR/FB%) gave up two in this one to Chris Davis and Jones. Sean Doolittle also allowed a few runs in this one, throwing an inning of two earned run, one hit, one walk, two strikeout baseball despite holding the lead for the A’s. That lead was surrendered by Ryan Cook who threw a third of an inning allowing one earned run on three hits to earn the blown save and meltdown.
- Three other A’s pitchers also pitched in this one without giving up a run. They were Jordan Norberto (one inning, one strikeout), Grant Balfour (two thirds of an inning and a shocking three walks) and eventual winner Jerry Blevins (one inning, two hits, two K’s).
- A’s did a good job in this one, hitting 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position, but A’s pitchers didn’t help out their own cause letting O’s hitters go 5-for-12 in the same situations. Sort of the story of these 14-9 games.