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Gold Jerseys Return as Does Winning

June 26, 2011

The A’s backed by their gold jerseys and great pitching from Trevor Cahill snapped a three game losing streak Saturday evening in the city of brotherly love. The A’s 4-1 victors, were able to get a lead early, secure it late and most importantly win. In what looked to be a good pitching duel, that didn’t exactly match the improbable Guillermo MoscosoVance Worley dual-no-hitter affair of Friday night, but Trevor Cahill vs. Cole Hamels did not disappoint.

Philadelphia got to Cahill first, when he began the second inning allowing two straight walks before striking out the next two batters, but the number eight hitter Carlos Ruiz singled, and it scored Ryan Howard and the Phils took an early 1-0 lead. Fortunately for the A’s the lead would not last very long, as the second hitter of the top of the third, Adam Rosales (who was playing in place of shortstop Cliff Pennington), would drill a home run to right field and then sprint around the bases to tie the game at one. From there the A’s would not look back, as in the fourth the A’s would take the lead on a Scott Sizemore single (man has he come through since joining the A’s – .327/.400/.449 with a .379 wOBA and 144 wRC+ with 0.5 WAR in just 15 games) to score Coco Crisp a give them a 2-1 lead.

There would be no more scoring until the ninth inning, as Cahill threw 7 2/3 innings of one earned run, three hit, three walk and six strikeout ball and Hamels nearly matched him with 8 innings of two earned run, eight hit (one being the Rosales dinger) two walk and five K ball. In the ninth with a new pitcher for the Phillies, Michael Stutes (Friday’s game winner) came out and gave up two insurance runs to Oakland as he walked Pennington, allowed a double to Jemile Weeks, a run-scoring single to Mark Ellis, and a sac fly to Coco Crisp to give the A’s a 4-1 lead. Bailey who had entered the game on a double switch with two outs in the eighth now had more breathing room and pitched the ninth to close out the A’s victory.

Good night for the A’s in Philadelphia and it gives them a chance to win a series from MLB’s only .600+ team on Sunday.

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