Recap: Cardinals @ A’s Game 82
Wrap: St. Louis 7, Oakland 1. A’s 47-35 (2nd Place, 1/2 game back)
The second half didn’t start as one would hope for the Oakland A’s. Things learned in this game: Adam Wainwright is good and Matt Adams is one big man. Jarrod Parker who started for the A’s left early with tightness in his hamstring but it doesn’t seem like a disabled list trip is imminent so the only loss in this game is hopefully the one on the scoreboard.
The A’s bats were effectively silenced by Wainright and his 112 pitches that resulted in just one Athletic run, just five Athletic hits, just two Athletic walks and a whopping eight Athletic strikeouts. Norris of all people was the batting All-Star for the A’s going 2-for-3. Cespedes really was the dog in the lineup getting the hat trick with three strikeouts as a part of an 0-for-4 afternoon. The only extra base hit was Donaldson’s 21st double of the year as the A’s didn’t get many runners in scoring position to score (they were 1-for-3 with RISP, stranding five).
Parker got the start and continued his success at mitigating his early season struggles. His 48 pitches before leaving with injury resulted in three and two-thirds shutout innings, two hits and three strikeouts with no walks. He is now up to 100 2/3 innings on the year with 6.3 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 1.3 HR/9 for his 4.11 ERA and 4.79 FIP. Chavez couldn’t replicate his long man outing of the Yankees extra inning affair and was tagged for four earned runs in a one and one-third inning outing that saw his ERA swell to 3.76 and earned him the loss. Two of those runs were let in by Blevins in relief who was awful, coming in with two runners on and promptly giving up a double to Matt Holliday and a home run to Adams before getting out of the inning while hitting another batter with a pitch. Neshek threw one and two-thirds allowing Adams’ second home run of the game, this one a solo shot, despite striking out two. Otero then closed the game with an inning and a third allowing a hit and striking out a batter.
Blevins. The A’s would have lost this anyhow as they put no runs on the board but after Chavez ran into a tough start to the inning, Blevins came in and promptly allowed those two runs to score and gave up two of his own. That is not relief. Ugly inning of work.