Athletics: 6 Red Sox: 2
The A’s outscored the Red Sox 33-5 this weekend and not one of their three starting pitchers made it through 4 innings. Today, the A’s knocked Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the game after only 3.2 innings. He coughed up 7 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks and 2 home runs.
Coco Crisp walked to lead off the first and Seth Smith followed with a 2-run home run, putting the A’s up 2-0. The following inning Stephen Drew hit his first home run as an Athletic, it was a solo to right field. The third inning they scored two more runs, Coco lead off with a walk and stole second, Seth Smith singled, Coco reached third and Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly to score Crisp. After Yoenis Cespedes flew out, Brandon Moss singled and Josh Donaldson walked. With the bases loaded Stephen Drew singled and Smith scored.
The A’s scored their final run of the game in the fourth, Cliff Pennington lead the inning off with a walk and stole second. Coco Crisp flew out, Seth Smith walked and Josh Reddick singled to load the bases again. Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to the second baseman and Pennington scored. Matsuzaka was replaced by Andrew Miller after that and the A’s wouldn’t do a much against the Boston bullpen after that, only collecting a hit and a walk for the rest of the game.
Brett Anderson had another good game for the A’s today, only allowing 5 hits and 1 earned run through six while striking out 4 and only walking 1. Anderson’s only trouble came in the sixth inning, when he walked the lead off batter and then gave up back-to-back singles with only one out. With the bases loaded Cody Ross came in and hit a single to left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, one run scored, but Cespedes gunned down Scott Podsednik at home to record the second out of the inning. Anderson then got Mauro Gomez to strike out swinging to end the inning.
Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle would pitch the seventh and the eighth inning, neither pitcher allowed a baserunner and both recorded a strike out each. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia lead off the inning with a double. Cody Ross followed with a ground out which moved Pedroia over to third, Mauro Gomez flew out to right and Pedroia scored and Ryan Lavarnway struck out swinging to end the game.
Stephen Drew had a big day for the A’s, going 3-4 with a home run, a double, and 2 RBI. Since joining the club he has a .262/.347/.405 slash line over 11 games with a .752 OPS. Seth Smith also had a good day for the team, going 2-3 with a walk, a home run and 2 RBI.
- Tyson Ross will be recalled from Sacramento and expected to be added to the the bullpen tomorrow. Dan Straily, who recorded his 202nd strike out of the season today, is expected to stay with the Rivercats until the end of their postseason.