Recap: Giants @ A’s Game 72
I hate long games. This game lasted four hours, fifteen minutes and featured 385 pitches thrown by a combined twelve pitchers. That is just pure awful. The two teams combined for 17 runs, and unfortunately nine of them came off the bats of the Giants sending the A’s to defeat. Ryan Theriot made a solid catch in shallow center to rob Jemile Weeks of a bloop single that could’ve tied it up for the A’s in this wild affair, quite the difference from yesterday when he looked awful.
- Tyson Ross got the start and pitched, well, like Tyson Ross. In other words, not particularly well. He went five and a third innings, allowing five runs (only three earned), off of four hits, and as per usual coming by strikeouts was the a problem (just three) as he gave up walks with ease (four) en route to his seventh loss of the season.
- Jerry Blevins came in to relieve Ross and the first pitch he threw, a hanging slider, resulted in a two run shot to Brandon Belt to right field. The A’s featured even more great relief like that as Brian Fuentes came into the game for a third of an inning of work during which he, allowed a two run home run to Buster Posey, along with another and three walks, all told giving up three earned runs. He clearly is a pariah in the A’s bullpen as he had appeared in a game since last Thursday in Denver. His season numbers are now a very forgettable, 6.85 ERA, and 5.64 FIP across 23 2/3 innings of 6.5 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 1.9 HR/9 baseball. Not the way to win yourself more playing time. Jordan Norberto had a shaky inning and a third, giving up a hit and two walks, while K’ing two before ceding to Jim Miller who faced the minimum in an inning and a third.
- On the offensive side of things, the A’s did too little too late, closing a 9-4 gap to a 9-8 final score by scoring four in the ninth. Josh Reddick was the star on offense hitting his 17th home run of the year as a part of a 3-for-4 day with a walk (he also added his seventh stolen base on the year). The home run, a two run shot off of Madison Bumgarner staked Oakland out to an early lead that they’d relinquish in the sixth. Jonny Gomes, getting the start in left, also homered for his eighth of the year.
- Derek Norris got the start behind the dish. Nice to see him getting some decent playing time – I think this is the beginning of the end for Kurt Suzuki in Oakland. He went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts. Brandon Hicks, freshly called up from Triple-A got the start at shortstop and went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Defensively, Brandon Moss made three errors at first with the slick fielding Gomes adding a fourth A’s team error. Moss’ miscues included two missed catches in the sixth inning, a four run inning for San Francisco. On the play in which he made the first of his errors, he actually made two, booting the ball then failing to pick it up as he tracks it down, allowing two runs right there. Pretty miserable day in the field for him.