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Live Blogging: A’s @ Rockies Game 62

June 12, 2012

The A’s travel to Denver today to take on the Colorado Rockies, both teams looking pretty miserable with the Rockies entering this contest having lost five straight, while the A’s ride a three game losing streak to town. Lot of players in this game have history with the opposition here as the Rockies feature former A’s Marco Scutaro and Carlos Gonzalez, while the A’s put up Seth Smith. Bartolo Colon, fresh off his strong start against Texas, takes the mound for Oakland owner of a 3.92 ERA and 3.94 FIP, all year these numbers have stayed tight for him. In 82 2/3 innings, he has 5.3 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and 1.1 HR/9, also he has been the beneficiary of the Coliseum with just a 9.6% HR/FB% his lowest mark since his award winning 2005 campaign with the Angels. Jeremy Guthrie takes the mound for Colorado. He has struggled with his new team with a 6.35 ERA, that is also in line with his 6.44 FIP. He hasn’t generated strikeouts (4.1 K/9), he has walked too many guys (3.4 BB/9) and has allowed a ton of home runs (2.1 HR/9 and 17.1% HR/FB%) adding up to a -0.4 WAR season thus far in his 51 innings pitched. A’s lineup features Brandon Moss as the first baseman of the day hitting fifth.

  • 5:50PM PDT – Top of 1st, 2 out – Smith goes opposite field and Gonzalez can’t get to it as the Rockies had the shift on. Ball however bounces and goes over the wall, so ground rule double 1, Oakland A’s 0 because Coco Crisp would have scored from first without any question, but had to head back to third once that ball left the yard on the hop.
  • 5:53PM PDT – Top of 1st, 2 out – Brandon Inge draws a walk meaning Moss comes to the plate with the bases juiced.
  • 5:57PM PDT – Top of 1st, 3 out – Sort of a crappy at bat for Moss. Gets down 0-2, fights back 3-2, then strikes out.
  • 6:02PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 0 out – Not the way Bartolo wanted to start this one… Tyler Colvin home run opposite field to left center a few rows deep. Rox take the early 1-0 lead.
  • 6:03PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 0 out – Scutaro hits it past Moss at first, then the ball gets by Josh Reddick and into the corner and Scutaro is now out on third with a triple. Inauspicious start for Colon.
  • 6:05PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 1 out – Michael Cuddyer lines it to Crisp in center field and it drops for a hit to score Scutaro from third. Rox add on, 2-0.
  • 6:12PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 2 out – Chris Nelson with a hit to right field, Reddick with the ugliest throw we have seen from him all year misses way high. Cuddyer scores. Rockies lead 3-0. Messy start to the game, fortunately Coors Field is the sort of place where you can put together a lot of runs quickly, even if you are the A’s. Furthermore, Guthrie has been giving up plenty this year so here’s hoping he does more of the same.
  • 6:16PM PDT – Bottom of 1st, 2 out – Wil Nieves singles, Todd Helton scores. Colorado 4, Oakland 0. Colon just looks bad.
  • 6:42PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 1 out – That sacrifice was terrible. Down 4-0. What the hell was that? Crisp moves Jemile Weeks on with a HBP to second. Pretty bad play. If that was an attempt at a hit it was pretty bad, looked like he telegraphed the bunt which won’t fool anyone.
  • 6:46PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 1 out – Welcome back to Denver Seth Smith! Another double, this one off the base of the wall in center over the head of Colvin. Two runs come in and the A’s halve the Rockies lead to 4-2.
  • 6:47PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 1 out – Inge hits it to left field. Gonzalez isn’t having a great night so far in left field as this ball passes him and gets to the wall. I assume it’ll be ruled a single with an error that moves Inge to second. Regardless Smith scores from second and the A’s cut the lead to 4-3.
  • 6:49PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 1 out – Brandon Moss. Wow. Hanging slider down the middle and Moss makes Guthrie pay as it goes to the third deck in right field. A’s now take the lead 5-4. As I said earlier, Coors Field is a nice place to play because you can make up a huge deficit quickly, of course one has to recognize that is possible for the Rockies too.
  • 6:51PM PDT – Top of 3rd, 2 out – Cliff Pennington takes it to deep right center field for a home run! 6-4 A’s! Guthrie is having an absolutely miserable year for the Rockies. Bet they regret sending Jason Hammel – having a great year with the O’s – to Baltimore to get this guy, sort of a weird deal to begin with, and Guthrie isn’t nearly this bad and likely Hammel isn’t this good but what a miserable time of it.
  • 6:57PM PDT – Bottom of 3rd, 1 out – Jordan Pacheco with a double to right-center. Really want to see Colon just settle down here. This game could be a long one as its just the third – not even completed yet – and the teams have combined for ten runs already.
  • 7:01PM PDT – Bottom of 3rd, 2 out – Nieves is intentionally walked. Little surprised that Jim Tracy still has Guthrie sticking in this one, but the walk sets up Guthrie to hit.
  • 7:24PM PDT – Top of 5th, 2 out – Looked like Guthrie had settled down a little, but Moss comes back with another monster shot off another hanging slider. This one just ended up high in the second deck – only. A’s are now up 7-4.
  • 7:32PM PDT – Bottom of 5th, 1 out – Helton with a drive to right field. A solo shot cuts the A’s lead to 7-5. Interesting that every home run he has allowed thus far has been a solo shot.
  • 7:38PM PDT – Top of 6th, 0 out – Matt Reynolds comes in for the Rockies. Collin Cowgill comes in to hit for the A’s meaning both starters are done for the game. Reynolds, a lefty, comes in having thrown 24 1/3 innings in 25 appearances for Colorado, with 9.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 1.9 HR/9 with a 4.07 ERA and 4.65 FIP. Guthrie’s day is through and the line is five innings, seven earned runs on eight hits (including the three home runs), two walks and five K’s. Colon meanwhile posted a slightly better line – though still miles away from even decent – five innings, five earned runs on nine hits including two home runs, three walks (one intentional) and four K’s.
  • 7:44PM PDT – Bottom of 6th, 0 out – New A’s pitcher is Sean Doolittle. Doolittle has so many K’s in his four innings of work that he is at 20.6 K/9 right now, and has a -1.45 FIP (yet to walk anyone or allow a home run). For perspective’s sake that means his four innings for work have yielded him more WAR (0.2) than Tyson Ross has in 47 innings, Grant Balfour has in 29 2/3 innings, Jerry Blevins has in 26 1/3 innings and Brian Fuentes has in 22 1/3 innings. Wild stuff.
  • 7:49PM PDT – Bottom of 6th,  0 out – There goes the no walks for Doolittle as he loses the handle on pinch hitter Eric Young, Jr. That means Colvin comes up as the tying run so the A’s are hoping he keeps the no home run streak in tact.
  • 7:52PM PDT – Bottom of 6th, 2 out – Wow, nice play from Inge diving to his right to snag the ball and throwing out Scutaro at first. That maintained the tie right there with the runners on second and third care of the Colvin sacrifice.
  • 7:53PM PDT – Bottom of 6th, 3 out – Strikeout of Gonzalez. Nice. Doolittle is nasty, three pitch K but two of those pitches weren’t four seamers! A’s leave the inning the way it started.
  • 7:56PM PDT – Top of 7th, 0 out – Rex Brothers comes out to face the heart of the A’s lineup. Brothers has been in 27 games but only has thrown 20 1/3 innings of work during which the hard thrower has 12.8 K/9, 5.8 BB/9 yet to surrender a home run giving him a less than sharp 4.43 ERA but a strong 2.11 FIP.
  • 8:02PM PDT – Top of 7th, 2 out – Inge belts one to left field. A’s have four home runs in the game, pretty cool given the team doesn’t hit too many and all of these have been no-doubters tonight. A’s add on and are at 8-5 on the Rox now.
  • 8:07PM PDT – Bottom of 7th, 0 out – Balfour is out for Oakland. 7.0 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9 for him on the year giving him a 4.12 FIP to go with his 3.34 ERA across his 29 2/3 innings.
  • 8:13PM PDT – Top of 8th, 0 out – Adam Ottavino comes in for the Rockies, meaning we are officially at the one inning for each reliever point of this game. 15 innings pitched for him on the year with 10.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9, a 1.80 ERA and 2.45 FIP. Fuentes meanwhile is up and throwing in the bullpen so it looks like he’ll be out for the eighth and Ryan Cook will be out for the ninth, which means today might be his debut as A’s closer.
  • 8:17PM PDT – Top of 8th, 2 out – Pennington robbed by Colvin. Really nice play by him there. Wow.
  • 8:18PM PDT – Top of 8th, 2 out – Weird that Bob Melvin is letting Balfour hit here. Why? Yoenis Cespedes had been on the on deck circle. Wonder if this means Fuentes pitches the ninth now?
  • 8:26PM PDT – Bottom of 8th, 3 out – Two innings for Balfour that were really good. Three K’s among the six batters he faced. He is rebuilding some value. Seems he might be best suited for the set up role as opposed to closing which had been a concern some had prior.
  • 8:29PM PDT – Top of 9th, 0 out – Josh Roenicke is in for the Rockies. He has been used quite a bit this year at 37 2/3 innings pitched. Some middling peripherals: 6.0 K/9, 5.5 BB/9 and 0.2 HR/9 for a 3.98 FIP but he has had a great 1.91 FIP. A’s can tack on a few insurance runs. Given how Melvin has been this year I imagine even if the A’s did do that, it’d still be Fuentes in the bottom half which isn’t something I necessarily agree with.
  • 8:33PM PDT – Top of 9th, 3 out – Turns out it is in fact Cook not Fuentes coming out. I guess Melvin didn’t want to go to Fuentes at all sticking with Balfour for two innings. Cook has 11 shutdowns to one meltdown this year as he goes out for his first career MLB save facing the top of Colorado’s order in Colvin, Scutaro and Gonzalez.
  • 8:41PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 0 out – A walk and a single and Curt Young is coming out to talk to Cook and get him calm with Gonzalez due up who can tie this with a single swing of the bat now.
  • 8:43PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 1 out – Big strikeout on a tough slider from Cook. Third time Gonzalez has been set down on strikes in this one.
  • 8:44PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 2 out – Another mean slider gets Cuddyer down on strikes.
  • 8:46PM PDT – Bottom of 9th, 3 out – Cook didn’t necessarily make it pretty, but gets it done. A’s win.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Hungary4a'sNews permalink
    June 13, 2012 7:02 pm

    Thanks for answering my waiver Qs again. Actually regarding most of these moves… I just collect the info to try to understand Beane and gangs roster plan.
    Most of these players seem to still be from that Christmas claymation…the island of misfit toys. It makes our roster more “interesting” than most big league clubs’

    Outman on the hill tonight and
    I Do like Scribner (remember his Spring)
    Cook and Doolittle make Fuentes look like he throws BP.

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