I really can’t say much more than what has already been said by my fellow A’s bloggers, so I will make this quick.
I actually didn’t get to watch today’s game because of adult responsibilities and stuff, but I did keep a pretty close eye on it through my phone. I will admit I was pretty annoyed with the offense, yet again, going into the ninth inning. Unlike yesterday, the A’s did score three runs, but only had five hits and they had stranded five baserunners up that point. But, thanks to a botched call by umpire Angel Hernandez, I was able to direct my frustrations in an entirely different direction.
Yes, the A’s probably should have hit more or scored more and Adam Rosales should have not made a throwing error that caused 2 runs to score, and then maybe one bad call would have not been the difference maker in tonight’s game, but unfortunately it was. There is plenty of evidence and screen shots to show that the so-called “double” was a home run, so why wasn’t the right called made by the “professionals”? It’s absolutely asinine that the umpiring got it wrong, given that they have instant replay now and the equipment to make the right calls. I am not one to blame umpires for losses, especially over something like a poor strike zone, but this is all on Angel Hernandez tonight.
The A’s continued to rally, even after the call was made, with two outs and Rosales on second, Eric Sogard was hit by a pitch and John Jaso walked to load the bases. Seth Smith then came up to bat and grounded out to closer, Chris Perez, to end the game.
AJ Griffin wasn’t bad today, he allowed six hits, four runs (three earned), walked two and struck out four. Two of the four runs that scored were on solo home runs, one by Nick Swisher and one by Carlos Santana. Sean Doolittle finished the sixth inning, getting the one batter he faced to line out. Ryan Cook pitched a clean eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced, striking out two.
The three runs the A’s scored all came in the fourth inning, Brandon Moss singled in the first run and Daric Barton followed two batters later with a single of his own, which scored two more. Speaking of Daric Barton, he made his 2013 debut by going 1-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Instead of looking for a possible split tomorrow, the A’s are just hoping to avoid a sweep. Bartolo Colon will take the mound for the A’s and let’s all hope the umpires aren’t in a rush to get home tomorrow.