Recap: Orioles @ A’s Game 146
The A’s could not sweep the O’s and for a second straight series dropped the final game when going for a sweep. This is the new life of an A’s fan, upset we aren’t sweeping and feeling like we’ve lost out on what was deserved. One can easily get used to this. A’s remain in control of the home wild card spot, and fall to 84-62 and again back to three games behind the Rangers who slipped by Seattle 2-1.
- The O’s sort of nickel and dimed the A’s getting a run each the second through fifth innings. This death by a thousand cuts, finally became a bit more pronounced with a three run seventh, and a two run ninth. Dan Straily was on the hill and surrendered four runs in separate innings altogether going four and two-thirds, allowing four earned runs on five hits but also an astonishing five walks with just one strikeout. The home run woes continued as he allowed two both solo shots to Matt Wieters. I am sort of confused by Straily’s HR problems. He has a merciless 17.0% of fly balls going over the fence for a shocking 2.5 HR/9. Not sure what it is that is making that number so high.
- Straily’s early departure meant the A’s had to go to the bullpen and six pitchers came in for the A’s. Jim Miller went two innings (one hit, one walk, four strikeouts), Jesse Chavez also went a full inning (two earned runs, three hits and one strikeout) and the other four all went less than an inning. Travis Blackley came first going two-thirds of an inning, allowing a hit and a walk. He was followed by Evan Scribner who did not retire a batter but allowed a hit. Pedro Figueroa came in then and also pitched to one hitter but got him out. Tyson Ross followed him with one third of an inning of classic Ross pitching: three earned runs on two hits and two walks with one lone strikeout before giving way to Miller and then Chavez.
- Offensively the A’s weren’t horrible putting together eleven hits and scoring five runs. Just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position (Baltimore by comparison was 6-for-16) hurt. Josh Reddick homered (his 29th) off of O’s starter Randy Wolf, the two-run blast gave Oakland a short-lived 2-0 lead as a part of his 2-for-5 day. Stephen Drew homered for the second time in as many days off of reliever Darren O’Day, his also being of the two-run variety, as a part of a 2-for-4 day with a strikeout.
- Yoenis Cespedes also managed a two-hit day. He notched his 22nd double of the year going 2-for-4 with a walk and strikeout. Another double was had by Collin Cowgill who got the start in left field (Cespedes got the start in center) replacing the out with pink eye Coco Crisp. Cowgill went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the leadoff hitter.
- Adam Rosales also had two hits going 2-for-3 as the starting second baseman. He was replaced by Jemile Weeks who struck out in his only plate appearance.