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Moscoso and A’s Thwomp Twinkies

July 31, 2011

Anyone who reads this blog knows how I love to talk about Guillermo Moscoso‘s peripherals and how messed up they are and today is going to be no different. Moscoso pitched six and one third innings, throwing exactly 100 pitches against the Twins last night. During his six and a third he threw just two strikeouts, and walked on, while allowing seven hits. 52.4% of the contact made off of Moscoso resulted in flyballs, none of which turned into home runs. How this guy cobbles together starts like this is beyond me – but he continues to do so. The percentage of his fly balls than ended up in the infield was a whopping 18.2%. I just don’t know what to make of this guy, start after start I say, hey the stats will normalize. They look like they will, then he has a game like this. How a low-strikeout, high fly out, pitcher can continue to not get shelled is beyond me.

That said, he did not get shelled and the A’s won 8-3 taking advantage of a shaky Nick Blackburn who walked five Athletics in his mere four and a third innings of work – never a recipe for success. The A’s hitters did a good job of putting together rallies as they were unable to take any of the Minnesota pitchers out of the yard with Scott Sizemore really delivering the big hit – a three run double in the fifth inning to seal the deal really for Oakland and make it at that point a 7-2 lead. Brad Ziegler and Grant Balfour were both perfect in relief, though poor defense (a Cliff Pennington error) in the ninth, led to an unearned run scoring on a Jim Thome single off of Andrew Bailey on in a non-save situation. All said and done a good game for the A’s both on the pitching and hitting fronts.

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