On Friday, the A s kicked off the series in Arlington by ruining a
terrific start by Jesse Hahn, followed that up with a cataclysmic 7th
inning performance and today in the matinee, they delivered an encore.
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As the 7th inning began, I was writing about how the A s were moving
toward a record of 2 0 when facing former Oakland starting pitchers the
first coming on Wednesday against Anaheim s Jesse Chavez and the second
coming this afternoon against A.J. Griffin.
Additionally, that it s too bad that former Athletics pitchers Jon
Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, et al. seemingly
all reside in the National League.
that in both cases, it was the long ball that proved to be pivotal for
the A s as they blasted three home runs off Griffin to rally from 2 0
down to salvage a victory in the series.
alas, after a 7th inning that included a really imaginative way for
Trevor Plouffe to allow Carlos Gomez to score on an infield single from
second base or the ineffectiveness of Bobby Wahl and Ryan Madson, who
earns the loss Marcus Semien Jersey,
and is now 0 3 with a 6.49 ERA in Arlington, it s somehow apropos that
Matt Bush would need just 6 pitches to retire all 3 Oakland hitters in
the 9th inning when one of those pitches was a base hit.
The A s can t leave DFW fast enough.
There are positives that Oakland can take to Seattle when they face
the Seattle Mariners. First, Seattle also suffered a brutal loss today
against the Toronto Blue Jays courtesy of a Kevin Pillar walk off and on
Saturday http://www.athleticsfanaticsjersey.com/max-muncy-jersey-c-18.html, their bullpen coughed up 6 runs in the game s final 3 innings to blow a 1 run lead.
Misery loves company.
Defensive woes aside, Stephen Vogt was productive at the plate
today, going 2 for 3 with a walk. Prior to this afternoon, he was in a 1
for 15 slump that left us all wondering how long until he d be
designated for assignment. With the Mariners sending out three right
handers to the mound, Vogt is likely to see a bit more plate appearances
so hopefully today s performance gives him a bit more confidence.
Speaking of Seattle right handers, those starters exclude the
services of Felix Hernandez. In Yovani Gallardo, Chase De Jong, and
Christian Bergman, the A s will face three pitchers who combined to
allow 12 runs in their last 15 combined innings.
More misery loves more company. And we ve got a lot of it in Oakland.
suffered a brutal loss today against the Toronto Blue Jays
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