Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 157
The Angels defeated the Rangers tonight. More importantly the A’s defeated the Mariners meaning they gained a game on the Rangers to be three back and kept the Angels two games behind them in the quest for the final wild card spot. The decisive 8-2 win boosted the A’s to their 89th win against 68 losses and started off their final homestead with a W. One thing to note though, I am actually sort of upset that the Rangers lost to Los Angeles tonight. I think it is better for A’s fans that the Rangers clinch the division earlier and bury the Angels instead of the Angels beating up on Texas and then when Texas and Oakland square off leaving a path for the Angels to sneak into the playoffs. While I’d love to see Oakland win the West I think the focus should really be on making the playoffs as that is a more likely goal, but then again this entire season has been somewhat unlikely so why let the magic stop now? The real amazing thing is how the Rangers have failed to put away the division and have allowed the A’s and Angels to linger all year long.
- Coco Crisp who had been battling pink eye was back atop the A’s lineup and made the most of his reappearance going 3-for-5 including a leadoff home run and a double. The only other extra base hit out of the A’s came off the bat of Stephen Drew who went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout, a two run shot that like Crisp’s came off of a Blake Beavan pitch.
- Otherwise the A’s bats were mostly silent. Just seven hits total, a solid five walks drawn, with the other hits being singles from Josh Donaldson, Cliff Pennington and Josh Reddick. The team scored quite a few runs for a 2-for-10 mark with runners in scoring position.
- Pitching was solid. A.J. Griffin went five and two-thirds innings allowing one earned run on four hits, including a solo shot by Trayvon Robinson, with two walks and four K’s. Griffin lowered his ERA to 2.71, though there is still a pretty wide margin with 3.81 FIP.
- Sean Doolittle came in to get the hold, his fifteenth hold. He went an inning and a third surrendering a solo home run to Michael Saunders. Doolittle is the opposite of Griffin, his low FIP (2.11) has offset a higher though respectable 3.32 ERA but has resulted in his earning 1.4 WAR despite throwing just 43 1/3 innings.
- Jerry Blevins and Jim Miller came in once the game got out of hand with Blevins going an inning allowing a walk and Miller going an inning allowing a hit and a walk, while K’ing one.