Recap: Rangers @ A’s Game 56
Today was the A’s tweetup and the Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan can of course be followed on Twitter: @tvprcretireplan however, being in Southern California I was unable to attend. In the end I may have missed a cool opportunity, but I did not miss a cool game as the A’s fell to the Rangers 6-3 with the Rangers getting an early 5-0 lead and never looking back.
- The story of the game for the A’s has to be Sean Doolittle and his major league debut. The hard throwing lefty, dazzled. He came in in the top of the fifth to replace start Travis Blackley and got Nelson Cruz to strikeout, just going with four-seamers that started at 94 before topping out in the at bat at 96. Then in the sixth, he got Mike Napoli to strike out on a foul tip while throwing exclusively four-seamers between 93 and 95 mph. He followed them up K’ing Yorvit Torrealba and then got Craig Gentry to softly line out to Kila Ka’aihue. What a debut. One and a third innings, 21 pitches, all four seam fastballs topping out at 96, three strikeouts out of the four batters faced.
- Blackley who Doolittle replaced meanwhile looked terrible. Four and two-thirds innings, five earned runs off of seven hits, while walking two and striking out five. Pitch count really got up there quickly at 93 for him in an all-round disappointing start.
- On the offensive side of things, Collin Cowgill hit his first home run of the season and Yoenis Cespedes launched his sixth home run of the year both off of Derek Holland. Cowgill who got the start in left and hit second (both spots I like him in) also had a walk in the game.
- Over all the team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base with Cowgill’s two run, two-out home run with Kurt Suzuki on third representing the lone hit in that situation.