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Melvin Doubles His Win Total

June 16, 2011

I listened to last night’s game while drive through Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. It was a nice an easy game to follow as not very much happened. The A’s bats at first looked to remain in their dormancy as Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar (winless versus the A’s in his career) silenced the A’s already pretty quiet bats with a no-hitter into the sixth inning. But finally they broke through with a Landon Powell single. With the plan being to move up the runner, Jemile Weeks laid down a bunt and while replays seem to indicate Eric Hosmer tagged him he was called safe to put runners on first and second (interesting side note, while listening to the San Diego Padres game on the radio earlier in the afternoon, their commentator Ted Leitner was upset about many a recent call he felt had gone against San Diego saying something to the effect of “when a player does poorly he gets sent to the minors, when a manager does poorly he gets fired, but when an umpire does poorly he gets on a plane and goes to the next city” – touche). Sticking with the plan of bunting the lead runner, David DeJesus attempted to sacrifice Powell over, but the slow moving Powell was thrown out at third. This “unclogged the basepaths” and Weeks followed with a steal of third – his first career steal at the MLB level. A Cliff Pennington brought home Weeks and gave the A’s a 1-0 lead. In the seventh the A’s tacked on their only other run of the ballgame when a Ryan Sweeney single was cashed in on a Daric Barton single later in the inning.

The two runs were all Oakland would need, as Josh Outman pitched arguably the best game of his career, with seven shutout innings allowing just four hits and both walking and striking out two on an efficient 97 pitches. Outman gave way to Brian Fuentes who attempted to give way to the Royals. Having got two outs in the eighth, Fuentes then surrendered a double to Alcides Escobar who following yesterday’s 3-for-3 night is now a sizzling 6-for-8 in the series. The next hitter Alex Gordon followed that up with a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 2-1. Fortunately despite a Melky Cabrera single that put the tying run (Gordon) on third, Fuentes was able to induce an inning-ending foul out in the spacious foul territory from soon-to-be-superstar Eric Hosmer to end the threat. Andrew Bailey came in for a 1-2-3 ninth facing the 4-5-6 hitters and A’s fans went home happy with Bob Melvin earning his second victory in the green and gold as well as his first in Oakland. Didn’t get much of a feel for the game listening to it on the radio and the watching the highlights but sounded good!

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