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Marlins Turnaround Their Season with Series Win in Oakland

July 1, 2011

The Marlins came to Oakland reeling. They left winning two of three on the road. There was once a time when West Coast road trips were tough, and playing in Oakland was not a recipe to turning things around but the Marlins came here and took that very first step in that direction by winning a series on the West Coast by beating the A’s 5-4 Thursday.

Mere minutes after the A’s dealt Mark Ellis to the Colorado Rockies the A’s took the field behind their “ace” Trevor Cahill. The Marlins jumped out to a 5-0 lead, first care of a Logan Morrison double that scored one. In the top of the fifth, five hits felled Cahill as the Marlins scored four runs and chased him from the game before he gave way to Trystan Magnuson. Final line a very unimpressive: 4 2/3 innings, with five runs (four earned), on nine hits, with three walks and just three K’s for a -.230 WPA.

Trystan Magnuson who at Sacramento seems to be frequently used for two inning relief appearances (11 of his 23 appearances with the River Cats are two or more innings) was used for a season long three and a third, and though he was clearly put in to take one for the team and save the bullpen he pitched masterfully allowing just one hit while striking out two (walking none) in his time on the mound. Magnuson’s work enabled the A’s to claw back. But as per usual it was a case of too little, too late.

In the bottom of the seventh an Adam Rosales single off of Marlins starter Chris Volstad breaks up the shutout scoring David DeJesus – who is solely a beneficiary of Josh Willingham‘s being out of the lineup and Daric Barton‘s demotion as opposed to having done something to win back his role – on a single to cut the lead to 5-1. With Volstad’s stellar day done (seven innings, allowing the one unearned run, with two walks, albeit no strikeouts) Jack McKeon went to Edward Mujica from the bullpen. Coco Crisp took Mujica deep to cut the lead to 5-2.

Then in the bottom of the ninth with Leo Nunez in as it was now a save situation, with one out David DeJesus singled. This was followed by a home run from Kurt Suzuki to bring the game to within a run. However with the game now in jeopardy Nunez hunkered down and got both Rosales and Jemile Weeks swinging to end the game with the A’s falling 5-4. The only news from the A’s lineup was that Chris Carter got the start at DH and he went 1-for-4 with a strikeout not factoring into any of the scoring. So another disappointing day, and of course on a day when the pitching was off, pathetically (and it is pathetic to say this as four runs really isn’t much) the offense was more so on the ball than they have been as of late. The A’s slump to ten games under .500 at 36-46 and remain seven games behind first place Texas and three and a half behind third place Seattle.

One Comment leave one →
  1. elmaquino permalink
    July 1, 2011 5:34 pm

    I heard something once that if the Cardinals swept the Dodgers once this year in LA–which they didn’t–they would have been the first team or Cards team to win every game on a west coast road trip.

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