It wasn’t pretty today, but the A’s came back from a 5-run deficit to defeat the Angels by a final score of 10-6. Parker got himself in trouble early, allowing four runs in the first inning, but managed to “calm down” after allowing a lead off triple in the second. He did, however, only last five innings, walked a career high of seven and was charged with all six runs that crossed the plate.
Yesterday’s win was about as easy as today’s win, and by easy, I mean it wasn’t. The team did not score their first run until the seventh inning, but the three they scored in that inning, were all it took, and they defeated the Angels 3-1. Friday was a bit easier, outside of a shaky ninth inning, the A’s beat the Angels 6-4. Thursday was their only loss, falling 8-3 in the first game of the series.
It wasn’t necessarily an easy series win, but they did it and with a Rangers loss earlier today, they are now six games up in the AL West. Obviously the three wins are what stood out the most this weekend, but I think there are a few other things us fans can be excited about.
Yoenis Cepedes struggles continued through most of the series this weekend, but today went 3-5 with two doubles and four RBI. While I know one game doesn’t mean a lot for a player, this was good to see. Jed Lowrie, had a great series, playing in all four games and going 7-15 with two walks, two doubles, a home run and 4 RBI. Eric Sogard played in three of the four games, going 5-11 with a double and three RBI.
Tom Milone struggled a bit yesterday, but had a decent start, going seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, four walks and striking out six. Bartolo Colon wasn’t exactly dominant, but had a very “Colon start”, lasting six innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, two walks, a home run and striking out two.
After blowing his first save of the season, Grant Balfour, went on to save both games he pitched in this weekend. He pitched a total of two innings, allowed one hit, no runs and struck out two. Sean Doolittle also pitched two clean innings in the series, allowed one hit and struck out one.
Tomorrow starts a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. AJ Griffin takes the mound for the A’s and he will face off against RHP Esmil Rogers.