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Live Blogging: A’s @ Mets Game 76

June 23, 2011

6:04PM EDT: Done. A’s lose. Mets win 4-1. A’s fall to 34-42 on the year. Pretty pathetic display from the A’s hitters and from the A’s defensively. A’s get to ride the bus to Philadelphia, they’re playing like a Triple-A team might as well travel like one (harsh but true).

6:03PM EDT: Two down, all comes down to DeJesus…

6:01PM EDT: One pitch, out out. Inauspicious start, Ryan Sweeney pinch hits hoping to keep this game alive for Oakland…

5:58PM EDT: Michael Wuertz throws two shutout innings of relief and brings us to the top of the ninth. A’s need three runs to tie it and they have Scott Sizemore, the pitcher’s spot (Hideki Matsui?) and David DeJesus due up to face Francisco Rodriguez who they managed to get to last night (and perhaps save the Mets a little money in the process?).

5:45PM EDT: Coco Crisp with a sac fly to center scores Jemile Weeks so the A’s at least break up the shutout by getting to Pedro Beato. Mets 4, Athletics 1.

5:21PM EDT: As I said, watch this come back to haunt us, base hit from Jose Reyes scores Josh Thole, 4-0 Mets.

5:20PM EDT: Perennial Gold Glove candidate Chris Carter reminds us all he is in the game by flubbing a foul ball. E3. Watch this come back to haunt us…

5:15PM EDT: Strategy overload! Chris Capuano‘s day is done as he is pinch-hit for with Willie Harris. He went six even shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks (though he had one HBP), with seven K’s.  The A’s now follow that with a double-switch (golly gee!) replacing Graham Godfrey with Craig Breslow and Mark Ellis at first with Chris Carter. Godfrey’s day ends with him having a subpar, 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, four runs (two earned), with two walks and four K’s. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for all interleague play long the multiple replacements all around switch…

5:08PM EDT: Count me in as a fan of Scott Sizemore. Ran hard which helped make that single into a double once Angel Pagan bobbled the ball for a second there. He plays hard, good hitter, great pick up.

5:00PM EDT: The sacrifice by Justin Turner, and the groundout by Carlos Beltran move Reyes to third which means Daniel Murphy‘s single scores Jose Reyes and it means the Mets lead 3-0, in the plodding awful game.

4:56PM EDT: And Mark Ellis with his first true misplay at first base allows Jose Reyes on board. Ranges too far to his right a la Daric Barton. Jemile Weeks follows it up with an offline throw to Godfrey covering first. Technically the error goes to Weeks on the throw, but Ellis got it all started by going too far over.

4:46PM EDT: Four innings for Graham Godfrey and an unsightly 84 pitches. He is due up first in the fifth, I assume he will hit especially with how much the bullpen has been used.

4:13PM EDT: Love the excitement Jemile Weeks brings to things. He is a real catalyst. Everyone at Citi Field knew he was going to go but still got a great jump, no throw because of the misplay by Josh Thole behind the plate but looks like he’d have had it swiped either way.

4:03PM EDT: Jose Reyes with a ball with eyes up the middle scoring Lucas Duda and the Mets make it a 2-0 lead. Godfrey is looking a bit more like he did in his first start versus the White Sox (-.201 WPA) and less like the one with San Francisco (.184 WPA).

4:00PM EDT: A’s trade a double play for a run (Jason Bay) as Capuano grounds out. Mets lead 1-0.

3:58PM EDT: Bases loaded no one out. But Chris Capuano is up. National League baseball. Ugh! Though of course this works well for the A’s as Capuano is a career .147/.172/.190 hitter with 123 strikeouts in 258 at bats.

3:41PM EDT: Quick first innings from both sides here, looks like everyone wants to be home quickly after last night’s late night and today’s late start.

3:19PM EDT: First pitch is coming soon!

1:01PM EDT: The A’s wrap up their series in Flushing with Graham Godfrey taking the hill in a rainy (looks like another rain delay) Flushing, New York. Godfrey comes in with some pretty middling MLB numbers, 4.0 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and 1.6 HR/9 with a 4.76 ERA and 4.90 FIP, but he has two major league starts to his credit and a mere 11 1/3 innings of work. The A’s face a pitcher with far more experience in Chris Capuano (857 1/3 innings of work) who comes in with decent middle-to-backend of the rotation numbers – 7.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 with a 4.29 ERA and 4.04 FIP. The A’s of course have a new addition to their club with Chris Carter back up from Sacramento, and as Jane Lee tweets:

“Carter drove from Tuscon to Phoenix yesterday then took a red eye to NY. Obviously a little tired but said he’s good to go today.”

So maybe we will see him in a pinch-hitting role today, because in other weird lineup news the starting first baseman for the first time in his 1,054 game career is Mark Ellis hitting 6th. David DeJesus also finds himself in the lineup playing right field as does Landon Powell behind the plate. Wanted to say one more thing about last night first off. I was tired, the late start screwed up my plans of going to the gym after the game, so perhaps I was sort of glad that glad finally ended, but this morning I was mad. I was mad because Rule 6.08(b) could not be much more clear and yet Justin Turner last night clearly violated it – and though the Mets may have ended up winning nonetheless, they shouldn’t have won the way they did and at the time they did, because the rule reads,

“The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base) when —

(b) He is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless (1) The ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or (2) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball;
If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball. If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched.”

Turner made no effort to get out of the way, if anything he made an effort to get in the way. Not cool. There I’ve said my piece. Officiating this year has really been poor if you ask me, all around.

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