After being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the A’s did some sweeping of their own this week. It was the first time the A’s have swept a series this season, outscoring the Rockies 26-15 over those 3 games.
So how did they do it?
Game 1: Athletics: 8 Rockies: 5
It was the 6 run 3rd inning that won the game for the A’s. The A’s had 4 home runs on Tuesday, Brandon Moss was responsible for half of them while Cliff Pennington and Brandon Inge each hit one of their own.
Bartolo Colon was not great, he only lasted 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, but thanks to the A’s offense he was credited with the win.
Star of the game: Brandon Moss went 2-4 with 2 runs, 3 RBI and 2 home runs.
Game 2: Athletics: 10 Rockies: 8
The A’s were down by 1 run in the ninth, Coco Crisp lead the inning off with a single, Jemile Weeks sacrificed him over to 2nd and he stole third. Collin Cowgill tied the game up with a sac fly to right field. Seth Smith doubled, Josh Reddick was then intentionally walked to get to Brandon Inge, who doubled in both Smith and Reddick.
It was 3 home runs for the A’s today with Seth Smith, Brandon Moss and Jonny Gomes each hitting one.
Tom Milone continued his road struggles, allowing 8 runs in 4 innings on 7 hits and 4 walks. Jim Miller and Jerry Blevins both pitched 2 clean innings each to keep the A’s in the game, with Blevins being credited with the win.
Star of the game: Brandon Inge is the obvious choice for this one, his 2-run double in the ninth was what essentially won the game for the A’s.
Game 3: Athletics: 8 Rockies: 2
The A’s did everything right today, they were not only able to score 8 runs, but also held the Rockies scoreless through 8.1 innings. Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Kurt Suzuki each collected 3 hits today and the only player in the starting lineup (not named Jarrod Parker) to not reach base was Brandon Inge.
The A’s “only” had 2 home runs today, Josh Reddick hit his 15th of the season while Brandon Moss hit his 4th of the series.
Jarrod Parker pitched 7 shut out innings, Grant Balfour pitched a clean 8th and Brian Fuentes coughed up the 2 runs in the ninth that broke up the shut out.
Star of the game: Jarrod Parker was fantastic today, pitching 7 shut out innings while only allowing 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 6. After getting knocked around in his last start in Arizona it was nice to see him have a bounce back start in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
- Brandon Moss was 6-13 in the series, he hit 4 HR and had 8 RBI.
- Seth Smith fared well against his former team, he went 5-10 with 3 walks, hit 1 HR and had 4 RBI.
- Balfour pitched 3 innings in the series, he allowed no hits or walks and struck out 4.
- Ryan Cook collected his first 2 saves of the season, his first on Tuesday and second on Wednesday.
- Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup on Wednesday, but in his first at-bat he reaggravated his hamstring and had to be removed from the game. He may be available to DH this weekend against the Padres.