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Gio and A’s Bats Avoid Sweep

September 2, 2011

Gio Gonzalez who right now if not statistically the team’s ace (that honor goes to Brandon McCarthy) at least psychologically appears to be the club’s ace and today he proved why. Pitching seven shutout innings in Cleveland, Gio held the Indians to just four hits while walking four and striking out seven. While the walks still are dangerously high, the outing can not be labeled as anything other than a clear success. The lopsided 7-0 win in a series featuring some close games meant that in the four-game set the A’s actually outscored Cleveland 13-12 yet only managed to win one of four.

Offensively the A’s were paced by Cliff Pennington (4-for-5) and Coco Crisp (3-for-5) who both with two-outs drove in a combined five runs. Anthony Recker had a great game too, the rookie went 2-for-4 with his first MLB double. The day after the A’s failed to do anything with RISP the team hit a combined 6-for-13 (.462) in that situation which makes winning easy. Tribe starter Fausto Carmona and left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone making his MLB debut were both rocked with Carmona responsible for four runs (three earned) in six and Hagadone in his one and two-thirds found himself responsible for three earned himself. A second Indian making their MLB debut, Corey Kluber was the only Indians pitcher the A’s failed to score against. The A’s also were finally able to neutralize Jack Hannahan (0-for-4 with two strikeouts) after he went 6-for-11 with three home runs in the first three games of the series.

A’s head home for a set with the Seattle Mariners as the battle for third place continues.

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