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Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 84

July 6, 2012

The A’s and M’s play to a lot of low scoring games and this one was no different, 1-1 into the eleventh. Chris Carter, the formerly highly touted prospect whose stock has fallen so precipitously was the hero. A walk off winner. A’s win 4-1. Worth the wait to the eleventh for A’s fans, who watched their club’s record improve to 42-42 to be at .500 for the first time since the team was 22-22 on May 22nd.

  • Carter has been a pleasure to watch since being called up by the A’s. Just four games, but a .500/.538/1.333 slash line, three home runs, a .758 wOBA a 404 wRC+ and 0.5 WAR. So over 0.1 WAR a game. Can he keep up this pace? Absolutely not. But what is great about this is that it has come in his first four games. This is a guy who was mishandled by the A’s, called up to majors and asked to play a position he was ill-equipped to play and wholly unfamiliar with. Then he struggled, and struggled some more. He was called up briefly last year but with an inconsistent role and a short leash he was again mishandled. This year the A’s did it right. They have given him a clear platoon with Brandon Moss, they have given him a shot and thus far he has made the most of his opportunity. He has prodigious power, the swing that I often complain about as looking like a weak wave, results in moonshots. He has earned his chance, lets hope he earns his stay. In this one as a pinch hitter, he had one three run home run for a walk off winner off of Steve Delabar. Can’t beat that line.
  • A’s starter Tommy Milone had a great outing tonight: seven innings pitched, one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out nine, a career high. The only run off of Milone came in a shaky three single first inning when he let Casper Wells, Miguel Olivo and finally Kyle Seager (who scored Wells) get on. After that he was near untouchable continuing his incredible performance at home this year where he lowered his ERA to 1.03 and his FIP to 2.82.
  • The A’s bullpen was great too, combining for four innings of one hit (surrendered by Ryan Cook) and one walk (surrendered by Sean Doolittle) baseball to go with five K’s (one for Cook, one for Grant Balfour and three for Jordan Norberto) as the four pitchers each pitched an inning a piece with Norberto being the beneficiary of the win.
  • A’s pinch-hitting resulted in the other runs in this game too as in the eighth inning, Brandon Hicks pinch-hit for an 0-for-2 with two strikeouts Cliff Pennington, and doubled off of Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush. Hicks later was plated on a Jemile Weeks single that put this game into extra frames.
  • The A’s went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position the two hits being Weeks’ single and Carter’s home run (which also marked the only extra base hits in this game), overall with the team leaving seven runners stranded. Three A’s had multiple hits in this one as Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Weeks each had two hits each.
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