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Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 43

May 21, 2012

Following two trips by the A’s to Anaheim, the San Juan Capistrano Angels of Seal Beach came up to Oakland finally. Still scuffling they came to Oakland in last place with the A’s sitting in second place five games behind the Rangers. A’s were 2-1 winners keeping the Angels buried in the cellar and leaving Oakland just four games out from first place.

  • As with any 2-1 game the star generally is the starting pitcher and Tommy Milone was just that for the A’s tonight. Milone went seven innings, allowing the lone earned run on a Mike Trout double in the fifth inning. Aside from that he allowed a total of five hits, while walking one and striking out three. Milone’s pitching style seems to benefit from pitching in the Coliseum, and the results bear that out: the batting average against in Oakland being just .158 to .292 on the road. The home ERA being 0.60 at home while it is a staggering 7.16 elsewhere. Yet to allow a home run in Oakland while he is at 2.0 HR/9 when sleeping in an unfamiliar hotel. What is really interesting is that his K/9 rate is lower at home too (4.2) but despite that he pitches so significantly better: (2.62 FIP to a 5.56 FIP).
  • Just as the star of a 2-1 game is the starting pitcher there are generally few offensive stars in such a game and that was the case again tonight. Josh Reddick was the only Athletic to tally more than a single hit (he had two singles), while Josh Donaldson had the only extra base hit for the A’s, a fourth inning double off Angels starter Jerome Williams. Coco Crisp‘s return saw him go 1-for-4.
  • Ryan Cook upped his scoreless streak with a perfect eighth to earn his tenth hold on the year. He has now thrown 21 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Brian Fuentes locked down the victory with a perfect ninth for his fourth save on the year.
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