Recap: A’s @ White Sox Game 114
This game was pretty miserable, featuring a play akin to Brendan Ryan‘s infield triple last year against a hapless A’s squad. In the seventh inning, A.J. Pierzynski aboard with a single, got from first home on a botched play by the A’s infield on a routine grounder from Alexei Ramirez. Adam Rosales (playing third) and Cliff Pennington ran into each other fielding the ball, Pierzynski went to third on the play as Rosales was well off the bag. Derek Norris went up the line but Chris Carter instead of running home (and Evan Scribner who it was unclear where he was throughout this did not do anything either) held onto the ball and Pierzynski scored. That made it 7-3. The game would end 7-3 but that sums it all up as the A’s fall to 61-53.
- I haven’t been that enamored of Bartolo Colon this season and it is pretty abysmal starts like this one that lead me to that conclusion. Following his five and two thirds innings of six run (five earned), nine hit (including a Pierzynski home run), two walk, two strikeout he now sports a solid 3.55 ERA, and 3.82 FIP for 2.3 WAR. I suppose I am mostly tanking him for style points as I find his pathetic 5.5 K/9 rate awful to watch and just don’t like what I see as just a slew of boring non-dominant starts. This however was not merely non-dominant, it was bad.
- Scribner filled in admirably for two innings allowing a lone hit, that weird Pierzynski run scored on his watch but was credited to Jerry Blevins, and striking out one. Scribner hasn’t been lauded by A’s fans but I have found him to be quite capable and I don’t feel any particular degree of unease when he is on the mound, so I feel he is a decent bullpen arm and a nice little waiver wire pick up by Billy Beane.
- Offensively the A’s had eight hits, resulting in three runs. All the runs came off of solo home runs by Jonny Gomes (his 14th off of Chris Sale in the sixth), Rosales (his 2nd off of Sale in the seventh) and in the top of the ninth firmly in the too-little too-late category Norris homered off of flame-throwing reliever Addison Reed (his fifth of the season).
- Despite the relatively high number of hits, and all the runs scoring via solo shots, the A’s didn’t have much in the way of working with runners in scoring position going just 0-for-1 in the situation and stranding the five remaining runners. The big problem for the A’s in this one was strikeouts, going down on K’s 13 times, with everyone striking out at least once and Carter, Yoenis Cespedes, Norris and Jemile Weeks going down twice each.