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Tribe Edges Oakland, Roster Move Coming

August 30, 2011

I have long said this year that Brandon McCarthy is the Athletics’ sore-luck loser. Last night in Cleveland was no different as he and the A’s fell to the Indians by a score of 2-1. McCarthy was brilliant, going eight innings, allowing just two earned runs on five hits (one a solo shot from Carlos Santana) while walking one and striking out ten. The game was locked at 0-0 until the sixth inning when a Kosuke Fukudome double scored Ezequiel Carrera to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead. The next inning Santana hit his home run and the lead was 2-0 which was more than the A’s could recover from as they only added a run in the eighth on a Jemile Weeks double that scored Scott Sizemore (also on via a two-bagger).

McCarthy summed it up well as he was quoted in an Associated Press recap as saying,

“It’s either some sort of statistical fluke or I’m giving up runs when I shouldn’t be. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I want to get deep into games and getting a complete game is a point of pride, but doing it and giving up too many runs isn’t something I’m thrilled with.”

That about sums up the game, the only other thing of note in Athletics world is that Graham Godfrey was optioned back to Sacramento. Presently that leaves a spot vacant on the 25-man roster but it is to be filled today with the call up of reliever Neil Wagner. That will necessitate a 40-man roster move and it is anticipated that Daric Barton will be placed on the 60-day disabled list. I had speculated before that Barton would be placed on the 60-day when Anthony Recker was called up, but it was Trystan Magnuson who went instead – the reason being is that Barton apparently was to be paid a Major League salary while on the 60-day as per a Susan Slusser report, so that means the A’s could instead DFA someone else – we’ll know today.

Wagner, is another one of these older not-quite a prospect anymore, guys that the A’s have called up this year (Guillermo Moscoso and Godfrey fit this mold). Wagner was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 21st round of the 2005 draft. He was acquired by the A’s in May of 2010 in exchange for cash considerations. The 27-year old is a hard-thrower with 425 strikeouts in 362 2/3 minor-league innings (10.5 K/9) and for a hard-thrower a solid 3.5 BB/9, owning a 3.47 ERA. He has split this season between the Midland Rockhounds and Sacramento River Cats.

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