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Recap: A’s @ Mariners Game 74

June 25, 2012

The A’s and the M’s are noteworthy for their poor offenses and strong pitching. Again in a game between the two divisional foes we saw that at work, as the A’s blanked the Mariners buoyed by one full run of support to win and move to 36-38 on the year.

  • Tommy Milone likes pitching in the Coliseum, his numbers there are incredible with an 0.99 ERA. Away from the spacious outfield, spacious foul ground and thick marine air of Oakland, he has been less than stellar sporting a now 6.39 road ERA. If Milone is going to pitch on the road, Seattle is certainly the type of place he’d want to pitch and he did so today, going seven strong shutout innings, allowing seven hits, walking nobody and striking out five. At 110 pitches (78 for strikes) he could’ve afforded to be a bit more efficient, but all in all it was a great outing for the rookie southpaw. The bullpen matched his excellence with Grant Balfour pitching a perfect eighth with a K and Ryan Cook closing it out in the ninth with a walk and two strikeouts to earn his fifth save and bounce back from a rough outing against the Giants.
  • Erasmo Ramirez pitching for Seattle looked even tougher with eight innings pitched, just three hits allowed with a walk and ten strikeouts. The problem was that one of those hits was given up to Seth Smith, a solo home run that would be the difference in this one. Smith’s home run in the second inning was all Oakland would need in this one.
  • Brandon Inge and Brandon Moss both also had hits, with Josh Reddick drawing the lone free pass for Oakland hitters who never even saw a man in scoring position (the Mariners didn’t outdo them by much with just two at bats with runners in scoring position all game long).
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