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Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 97

July 20, 2013

Wrap: Los Angeles, 2, Oakland 0. A’s 56-41 (1st Place, 2 games ahead)

The A’s have done real well in Anaheim as of late but today’s loss means they drop this series at least and hope to salvage one Sunday. C.J. Wilson just confused A’s hitters all game and had some nice defensive plays behind him (particularly Alberto Callaspo and J.B. Shuck). The A’s would manage just three hits altogether spoiling a great outing from Dan Straily. Nothing much to say about this game. We all hate C.J. We all hate the Angels. We all hated this outcome.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Wilson: Coco Crisp CF, Chris Young LF, Jed Lowrie SS, Josh Donaldson 3B, Nate Freiman DH, Derek Norris C, Josh Reddick RF, Brandon Moss 1B, Grant Green 2B. 

Nothing much to report here. A’s got three hits: a Lowrie double in the top of the first, a Freiman single in the second and a Lowrie single in the ninth. They also drew three walks and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position stranding each of these six batters on base. Again they struggled with the strikeout being K’d ten times, Reddick earning a hat trick, eight being K’d by Wilson with two being K’d by closer Ernesto Frieri.

The Pitching

Appearances: Straily, Sean Doolittle.

Straily pitched well but was let down by the A’s offensive offense. He threw seven innings allowing eight hits including a Callaspo home run, walking none while K’ing four throwing 97 pitches with an impressive 71 crossing the plate as strikes. Doolittle came in for the balance of the game, one inning, in which he faced the minimum and struck out one.

Hero/Zero

John Jaso is the zero. I don’t feel great about laying this all on his feet, he had one at bat as a pinch hitter and struck out swinging the end the game with the tying run on first base. In the end you can’t fairly say Straily is at fault so if you come in as a pinch hitter with the game on the line at least put the ball in play or something. In reality all the A’s failed in this one, it was a group effort, but the hero/zero doesn’t allow for such nuance. Sorry, Jaso.

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