Recap: Orioles @ A’s Game 145
All the A’s scoring in this one came in the third inning. All the Orioles scoring was split between the second and the third innings as the A’s won 5-2 in sort of a snoozer of a ballgame. But a win is a win and the A’s improved to 84-61 just two games behind the division leading Rangers and with a commanding three game cushion over the Orioles for the first wild card spot, and a five and a half game buffer for being in the playoffs over the Los Angeles Angels.
- Jarrod Parker looked good tonight going seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. One of the hits ended up for a solo home run to Nate McLouth as he kept the O’s at bay with an efficient 94 pitches (63 crossing the plate for strikes). If not for Mike Trout, I wonder if Parker is in the mix for a Rookie of the Year Award. Parker leads A’s pitchers with 3.2 WAR, has strong numbers (3.51 ERA, 3.48 FIP, with 6.6 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9) and is really one of the key reasons the A’s are where they are despite beginning the season in Sacramento.
- Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect eighth with a strikeout and then Grant Balfour pitched an imperfect ninth (a walk and a hit) to earn his 19th save of the year (his 31st shutdown to eight meltdowns).
- All the A’s offense came in the fifth inning. Stephen Drew led off the inning with a home run, his fourth of the year and second with Oakland. Josh Reddick singled home Coco Crisp on board via a walk. Yoenis Cespedes singled home Jonny Gomes on board via a HBP. Following that Chris Carter doubled home both Reddick and Cespedes to make for five total runs and all the A’s scoring.
- Reddick was also responsible for the only other A’s hit, a double in the seventh inning. His season line now sits at .250/.313/.472 with a .336 wOBA and 114 wRC+ and 4.1 WAR. A heck of a year I think no one really expected out of him and yet another offseason trade (along with starter Parker) that have resulted in the A’s being where they are today in the standings.
- What the A’s didn’t do with the bat, they made up for by following that old axiom that a walk is as good as a hit managing to draw seven off O’s pitchers. Carter, Cespedes and Crisp all drew two walks apiece while Josh Donaldson also worked himself a walk too.