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Recap: Blue Jays @ A’s Game 31

May 9, 2012

A’s fall to the Blue Jays in one of those weird Wednesday afternoon games 5-2. The loss ends the A’s three game win streak and drops their record to 16-15.

  • Following two very bad outings Tyson Ross had an outing that was lauded by members of the media, but really was at best lackluster. In five and two-thirds innings, he allowed three earned runs on five hits including an Adam Lind home run while walking and striking out three. In each of Ross’ last three starts he has had a 1:1 K/BB ratio which is disappointing and to me indicative of a need to look for new long-term solutions for the rotation. Ross is not it.
  • Long ball hurt other A’s pitchers too as both Pedro Figueroa (allowing an HR to J.P. Arencibia) and Jerry Blevins (allowing a home run to Edwin Encarnacion) also allowed long balls at the ball carries better in the East Bay under the bright blue daytime sky.
  • A’s left a ton of runners on going 2-for-9 with RISP, and stranding a full ten on base. The middle of the order in particular (Josh Reddick, Jonny Gomes and Seth Smith) going 2-for-11 were big offenders in stranding runners.
  • Running game kept going as both Jemile Weeks and Cliff Pennington go their seventh and sixth stolen bases respecitvely on the year off of Brandon Morrow and Arencibia.
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