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Recap: Padres @ A’s Game 66

June 16, 2012

A’s won their fifth straight with a win over the hapless now 23-43 Padres at the Coliseum. Some timely hitting helped to power the A’s to victory as they inch closer to .500 at 31-35.

  • The A’s received a pinch hit home run from Jonny Gomes to give them the win in this one. The two run shot from Gomes in the seventh off of Luke Gregerson gave the A’s a lead they would not relinquish. Despite the discussion of him platooning with Seth Smith (which is what happened in this one with Gomes coming in to face the lefty, despite Smith having a home run off of San Diego’s starter Ross Ohlendorf earlier in the game) he hasn’t hit well at all as a pinch hitter with this being his first hit in 10 plate appearances (though he has two walks and a sacrifice fly). Good time for a first pinch hit if you need one. He has not done well in his career as a pinch-hitter which sort of makes you question his true worth in this role, hitting .139/.246/.269 in 126 plate appearances with today’s home run being just his third.
  • Tyson Ross got the start for the A’s freshly called up from Triple-A Sacramento. He went six innings, allowing two earned runs on just one hit, with a four walks and six strikeouts. The one hit being a two run home run by Carlos Quentin. That all said while his slider looked better in this one than it has, the control still was a problem despite the finally positive K/BB ratio as he threw 95 pitches but just 50 for strikes.
  • Sean Doolittle had a rough outing. In his inning he gave up the A’s lead and stole the win from Tyson Ross allowing two earned runs, on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Gomes bailed him out and he earned the win in this one, with Grant Balfour getting through a shaky eighth before ceding to Ryan Cook who tallied his third save of the year with a perfect ninth featuring two strikeouts.
  • Bob Melvin‘s batting order in this one continued to mystify me. It seems we are just looking for speed at the top of the order, but speed is sort of useless without on base prowess and the tandem of Coco Crisp leading off (.258 OBP) and Jemile Weeks hitting second (.312 OBP) doesn’t seem like a recipe for run scoring. Especially when someone like Collin Cowgill who possesses speed but has a .360 OBP is inexplicably hitting seventh.
  • Speaking of Cowgill’s speed he stole his third bag of the year in this one, while Cliff Pennington added his eleventh.
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