Orioles: 9 Athletics: 5
I want to be happy that the A’s took two out of three against the Orioles, but it’s hard to feel optimistic when today’s game was absolutely ugly.
I felt good about the A’s in the first, Dan Straily had an easy inning getting the first two batters to pop up and then striking out the final to end the inning. Collin Cowgill lead off the bottom half of the inning with a double and two batters later Josh Reddick hit his 29th home run of the season putting the A’s up 2-0. Yoenis Cespedes then doubled, Chris Carter then walked, but both were stranded after Josh Donaldson hit into a double play.
The A’s lead was then cut in half after Straily allowed a solo home run to Matt Wieters in the second. The Orioles then tied it in the third inning off of an RBI single from JJ Hardy. The Orioles then took the lead in the fourth inning when Matt Wieters hit his second home run of the game to lead off the inning. The A’s would never see the lead again after that.
Dan Straily was not good today, only lasting 4.2 innings while allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 home runs and walking 5. Home runs have been one of his biggest issues in the majors, having allowed 8 over 28.1 innings since his call up. His next scheduled start is in Yankee Stadium, so it will be interesting to see if his start is skipped or if he gets another shot in the home run friendly stadium.
Six pitchers came out of the bullpen today, Travis Blackley pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and no runs. Evan Scribner replaced Blackley in the fifth, faced one batter, allowed a hit and then was replaced by Pedro Figueroa. Figueroa threw one pitch, getting Chris Davis to pop up, before being replaced by Tyson Ross. Ross struck the last batter out to end the inning.
Tyson Ross came out in the seventh and walked the first two batters before he coughed up an RBI double to Manny Machado and a two run single to Endy Chavez. Jim Miller then came in to replace Ross, allowed a single to Robert Andino, but then struck out the next three batters. Miller then pitched a clean 8th inning, walking 1 and striking out 1.
The A’s scored two more runs in the eighth off of a 2-run home run by Stephen Drew, their first runs scored since the first inning. Jesse Chavez came in to replace Jim Miller in the ninth and allowed back-to-back doubles and a run to start of the inning. He then recorded two outs, but allowed an RBI single to Chris Davis.
The A’s tried to make a come back in the ninth, but fell short. With one out Brandon Moss walked and Seth Smith struck out swinging. Josh Reddick singled and Brandon Moss scored. Yoenis Cespedes then kept the rally going by also hitting a single. Jim Johnson then came in and got Chris Carter to ground out to end the game.
The pitching was not great today, having combined for 13 hits, 9 earned runs and 9 walks. Those 9 walks were the worst to me, there is no way you can win a game by allowing 9 walks. The offense was just as poor as the pitching, although the combined for 11 hits and 5 runs, they also struck out 12 times and were 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left 9 on.