The A’s just won a game they probably shouldn’t have, defeating the Angels by a final score of 9-5. I know that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but this game was ugly. Not only did the starting pitcher only make it to the fourth inning, there were too many defensive mistakes, and it’s hard to believe the team actually came out on top. Don’t get me wrong, I love when the team wins, especially against the Angels, but I prefer the wins to be less painful.
The A’s were the first to get on board, with two outs in the first Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes both walked, Derek Norris followed with a single, which scored Jed Lowrie. Josh Donaldson then singled and loaded the bases for Brandon Moss, who also singled and scored both Cespedes and Norris. Nate Freiman then walked and Scott Sizemore ended the inning by hitting into a force out. They scored again in the second inning when Coco Crisp led the inning off with a home run, his fourth of the season and his fourth as in many games.
Jarrod Parker started today’s game and after his last start I think we were all hoping he would redeem himself, unfortunately that did not happen. Parker only lasted 3.1 innings today, throwing 74 pitches and only 40 for strikes. In the fourth, with one out, he loaded the bases after hitting Albert Pujols with a pitch and that would be the last batter he would face. Chris Resop replaced Parker and got Josh Hamilton to hit into an inning ending double-play. Resop returned for the fifth inning, allowed a lead off single, but retired the next three batters he faced, striking out the last two.
Pat Neshek replaced Chris Resop in the sixth and that’s really when things began to fall apart. Neshek allowed a lead off triple to Mike Trout, and what should have been a sacrifice fly to right field, turned into a dropped fly ball by Chris Young. The runner scored easily and the the batter, Brendan Harris, advanced to second on the error. Albert Pujols followed with a ground ball to short, and an error committed by Jed Lowrie allowed Harris to advance to third and Pujols was safe at first. Jerry Blevins relieved Neshek (who recorded no outs) and retired the first out of the inning, but at the cost of a sacrifice fly from Josh Hamilton. Ryan Cook then replaced Blevins and got Mark Trumbo to ground out into a force out, but Howard Kendrick followed with a triple and Trumbo scored. He then got Alberto Callaspo to strike out to end the inning.
In the very next inning, and down by one, the A’s came back. Coco Crisp led off the inning with an infield single, and two outs later, Yoenis Cespedes walked. John Jaso then took the lead back by hitting a 3-run home run to right. Josh Donaldson continued the rally with a single and Brandon Moss drove them both in with his first home run of the season. Nate Freiman then flew out to right field to end the inning, but by then the damage was done.
The rest of the game was pretty uneventful, Ryan Cook returned in the bottom of the seventh and retired all three batters in order, striking out two of the three he faced. Doolittle pitched the eighth and also retired all three batters in order. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth inning, allowed a single and a walk, but did not allow any runs.
Lines of the Day:
- Brandon Moss had a big day going 3-4 with a home run and four RBI. He seems to be heating up after starting off slow, he is now 7-21 on the season with five RBI and three walks.
- Yoenis Cespedes has had a slow start to the season thus far, but he had a good night tonight, going 2-3, with two walks and scoring twice.
- It’s hard not to mention Coco Crisp in this category, he went 2-3 today with another home run and a stolen base. Pretty sure I am going to be disappointed if he doesn’t hit 158 home runs this season (I KID, I KID).
- Some of you won’t be surprised, but I am going to add Chris Resop to this, and not just because I’m biased. He got the A’s out of a tough situation in the fifth, and for that I think he deserves the nod. He pitched 1.2 innings today and allowed one hit, no walks and struck out three.
Ugly Lines of the Day:
- Jarrod Parker had another poor outing, and I am trying not to be concerned yet. He lasted just 3.1 innings, allowed nine hits, two runs, three walks and struck out one. It’s going to be a big test for Parker this weekend, as his next start is scheduled against the Detroit Tigers.
- Chris Young not only had a poor night at the plate, going 0-5 and striking out twice, he also committed the error in the sixth.
- Turns out Jed Lowrie isn’t perfect. He finished the night going 0-4 with a walk and, he too, committed an error in the sixth. It was his second of the season.
Also worth mentioning that Scott Sizemore started at second today, but had to leave the game in the second after injuring his knee. The team has confirmed it’s a sprained knee and he will be leaving the team tomorrow for an MRI.