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“Live Blogging”: A’s @ Twins Game 9

April 10, 2011

4:00PM CDT: 1-2-3 inning for Fuentes, so the A’s win 5-3 and improve to 4-5 on the year. Good trip to Minnesota, not the easiest place to steal a few wins. Onto the Windy City!

3:56PM CDT: Here comes Brian Fuentes looking for his third save of the year. He will face Kubel (L), Michael Cuddyer (R) and Valencia (R).

3:40PM CDT: Jim Thome just hit a home run ball clear into Wisconsin. #590 of his career as he marches towards 600. Along with the run that scored on the Morneau ground out, that makes it now 5-3. Exit: Blevins, Enter: Grant Balfour.

3:38PM CDT: So Jerry Blevins is in to face the lefty Justin Morneau. Yesterday I questioned hitting Morneau so high in the lineup and today he is 3-for-3, goes to show my opinion’s value I suppose.

3:35PM CDT: Twinkies are threatening, a Joe Mauer double puts men on second and third with one out. I feel that Geren has left his starters in a few times, one inning too many and that may be the case here as McCarthy is pitching into the eighth. Let’s see if he decides to make what appears to be a potentially needed move…

3:24PM CDT: As they say stolen bases are off the pitcher not the catcher. Alex Burnett was paying so little attention to the runner at first that Kouz manages to get a stolen base.

3:16PM CDT: Through seven innings, Brandon McCarthy has shut out the Twinkies. Still 5-0 A’s. Funny how given the close nature of the past two (2-1 and 1-0) this really feels like a blowout in some ways. I hope my words don’t come back to haunt me…

2:49PM CDT: Cliff Pennington with a sac fly to score Ellis. 5-0 A’s, the rout is on!

2:45PM CDT: Landon Powell with an RBI double to deep right. 4-0 A’s. Good rally going, maybe this kick starts the offense. The double chases Manship, lefty Glen Perkins will come in. I’ll repeat it again, when you get into that soft middle relief corps that is when you can really start to easily score some runs.

2:44PM CDT: Kevin Kouzmanoff hits a sac fly to center. A’s are now up 3-0, which in this series hopefully represents an insurmountable lead.

2:38PM CDT: Ryan Sweeney double down the left-field line makes it runners on third and second and chases Scott Baker from the game. Now hurling for the Twinkies is righty Jeff Manship. I hate these stupid fans sitting along the lines who can’t differentiate a fair or foul ball and reach over and interfere. What morons. I don’t think Matsui would’ve scored but its frustrating when fans can’t pay enough attention to figure it out.

2:35PM CDT: Josh Willingham, home run down the line in left-field. So after being responsible for a mere 67% of A’s home runs, he now is responsible for 75%. This also marks the A’s first multi-home run game. A’s 2, Twinkies 0.

2:28PM CDT: Ryan Sweeney‘s arm kept Kubel from scoring on the Danny Valencia throw. Good fundamentals from the A’s, as Valencia takes a wide turn and then Mark Ellis runs to first to corner Valenica, Barton the cut-off man gets the ball and runs to tag Valencia who has nowhere to go and get the second out of the inning. That is why you practice that stuff in Arizona every March and perfectly executed by the A’s. Great job there. Could be a pivotal moment in what is another low-scoring pitcher’s duel (though speaking of these pitching duels, are they more pitching duels or hitting outages?).

2:23PM CDT: 3-for-21 with RISP as Daric Barton lines out to Jason Kubel in right. But the bigger issue was that a ball which Kubel barely had to move for, Landon Powell was lord knows where, because he gets doubled off at second. Poor baserunning – I advocate again for Josh Donaldson to be called up.

2:11PM CDT: The A’s pitching just keeps rolling McCarthy now has the Twins shutout through four. A’s 1, Twinkies 0.

2:02PM CDT: Hideki Matsui hits his first home run as a member of the A’s! Nice to see him connect, also nice to see the A’s actually score a run.

1:48PM CDT: Its official the stupidest Glen and Ray question ever regarding why players do or don’t have arm hair. Clem in Alameda, thank you for killing some brain cells for everyone tuning into this broadcast.

1:44PM CDT: Brandon McCarthy with a 1-2-3 inning featuring two K’s. He is looking very good. I really think that if McCarthy can stay healthy all year he will have better numbers than last year’s number one starter Ben Sheets. I truly believe that, and thus far this season (fair enough in a mere ten innings thus far) he has proven my prediction correct.

1:32PM CDT: Good to see Ryan Sweeney in the lineup today for the first time (so is Landon Powell), he walks. The one chink in his armor really is the lack of power, but I think it’d be more tolerable if he were like Daric Barton and drew a lot more walks than he has thus far in his career.

1:28PM CDT: Shift on Jim Thome works and Brandon McCarthy is out of the first inning. As I have said time and time before don’t get why teams don’t try to counter the shift more often and keep teams honest. I guess I am fine with the Twins not trying it against us today though.

1:20PM CDT: Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui both go down on strikes against Twins starter Scott Baker. A pretty disappointing start for both of these two on the year. Can’t remember where I read or heard it, but someone commented that recently the A’s have been on the wrong side of trying to get a good a good year out of veterans, noting the failed recent tenures of Jason Giambi, Mike Piazza and Nomar Garciaparra. I hope this isn’t the case with Matsui, and think that Willingham is at an earlier point in his career than Matsui and those others.

1:13PM CDT: David DeJesus is leading off today, a very different lineup than what we’ve seen before and he gets it started with a single which extends his hitting streak against the Twins to 25 games.

1:00PM CDT: This is “live blogging” because I am watching it on my PS3 several hours after it has concluded. Despite that the times will match the game. I am cheating, so sue me!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 7:02 pm

    Arm hair? Oh, man, I am so disappointed I missed that.

    • April 10, 2011 7:46 pm

      They even added after the fact, that was a stupid question, the producer needs to get more questions so we can have better ones. If the “why don’t players have arm hair anymore, is it some sort of genetic mutation?” can get in, surely I can think of something.

  2. Moneyballer permalink
    April 10, 2011 11:55 pm

    Wasnt able to watch any of the weekend’s games…but good to see that we took 2 of 3 from a team that good, especially at Target Field. Still seems like we couldve had all 3 with some better management Friday night. Hopefully the pitching stays hot for the next 3 games…if they must regress, at least let it be at home, where the thick air and foul territory can save them.

    On another note, a bit disheartening to see that Seattle’s only two wins came against us…

    • April 11, 2011 7:49 am

      I think the first game was absolutely winnable. Hindsight is 20/20 so you can’t fault Geren that much in fairness for leaving Brett Anderson out there. And ultimately game one is a failure of hitters with RISP more than anything else. Regardless if you won every road series 2 games out of 3 you’d be in pretty good shape.

      That all of Seattle’s wins come against us to me is sort of inconsequential ultimately they’re all MLB teams and are good. Getting a win out of Hernandez as they did doesn’t require too much offensive output and really we gave them those wins with the defensive lapses far more so than them beating us. I can handle dropping a series or two like that to an inferior opponent – just don’t want to make it a trend!

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