Recap: A’s @ White Sox Game 113
I have pulled virtually every muscle in my body. I have broken bones, torn/stretched/strained ligaments, had surgery, tweaks everything. Dislocate a shoulder is something I have not done. In tonight’s game Brandon Inge dislocated his shoulder diving for an Alex Rios grounder, for what he deemed his 16th or 17th time (!), had it popped back in place and plated the winning run for the A’s in their 9-7 victory over the South Siders. Yeah… that was what happened. Wild.
- The A’s built up an early lead but blew it. Travis Blackley got the start from Bob Melvin, showing off the A’s rotation depth and giving Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker extra days off. Of course, he didn’t show off too much with a weak outing: five innings, five earned runs on six hits (including a two-run Kevin Youkilis blast), one walk and six K’s. Despite that Blackley threw an efficient 83 pitches with 50 for strikes. It is amazing given how well he has pitched that he ended up out of the rotation, but what a great swingman to have despite my very clear opposition (or maybe not opposition so much as wonderment) at his being claimed initially.
- The White Sox starter, Francisco Liriano fared much more poorly as the A’s managed seven hits and six earned runs off of him. Chris Carter who went 3-for-5 with 2 K’s and Coco Crisp who went 3-for-6 with a K (and two doubles in the game) both doubled off of him as did Derek Norris who went 1-for-3 with 2 BBs and a K.
- The A’s offense did well as a whole going a robust 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and they loaded the bases with runners so often (14 hits and six walks) that despite that they still managed to leave 12 baserunners stranded. Every A’s starter had at least a hit (as did pinch hitter Cliff Pennington who got a double off of Jesse Crain after coming in midway through) with the exception of Jemile Weeks (0-for-4 with a walk and strikeout) who added his fifteenth stolen base on the year.
- Jordan Norberto had a rough outing, blowing the lead the A’s had built up en route to his fourth meltdown and second blown save of the year. In his one and a third innings of work he allowed two hits and two earned runs including a solo shot to Tyler Flowers. Much recently maligned closer Ryan Cook is closer no more as the A’s will share the role. He came in and pitched an inning and a third with 16 pitches and 13 of those being strikes which is good given how much he has struggled with his control. He also allowed two hits and struck out one eventually earning the meaningless win in this one. Jerry Blevins faced one hitter in the eighth (the left-handed Alejandro De Aza) and Grant Balfour came in for four batter ninth inning after plunking Youkilis to start teh frame and earned himself the save striking out one.