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A’s Watch Another Team Clinch – Again

September 17, 2011

Last year, the Texas Rangers clinched their American League West crown at the Coliseum. This year the A’s got to watch the Detroit Tigers clinch their American League Central championship. It does get old, and it gets old quick.

It seemed pretty inevitable that Detroit would clinch this series. It would’ve been nice if the A’s could’ve made them back into the playoffs but alas they got in on their own merits earning a 3-1 victory over Oakland last night. The A’s offense, again was AWOL. Bob Melvin put a derivative of his “best lineup” out there, with the regulars in in most spots, Landon Powell at catcher and Eric Sogard at third being the big exceptions. That lineup mustered four hits, with David DeJesus responsible for two of them, Coco Crisp having another and Josh Willingham another (a solo home run in the second that accounted for all of the A’s scoring). On the pitching side of things, Trevor Cahill pitched a decent game despite earning the loss, going six and two-third, allowing three earned run on nine hits, while walking and striking out four. He too allowed a home run, a solo shot to Don Kelly in the seventh.

Former division rival, Doug Fister who is turning out to be one of the better deadline acquisitions in all of baseball (since moving to Detroit he has a 2.12 ERA and 2.75 FIP while upping his K/9 numbers to 7.0 and lowering his BB/9 to 0.8) kept the A’s at bay through eight innings the lone mistake the pitch that Willingham deposited in the seats. Jose Valverde came in to get the save and clinch the division title his 45th in 45 attempts.

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