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Recap: Yankees @ A’s Game 94

July 21, 2012

The A’s have struggled mightily against the Yankees so it is exciting to see them do really well and tonight’s 2-1 win made it three straight against the Evil Empire and gave the A’s a shot at a four game sweep. I have to say I am shocked at how the A’s have played and been able to keep down one of baseball’s better offenses. The A’s record now stands at 54-44 and incredibly they stand tied with Baltimore and Chicago for the second wild card birth.

  • Jarrod Parker kept the Yankees bats asleep in this one. Through eight innings the rookie starter, allowed just one earned run on five hits, one walk and five strikeouts. He now has thrown 99 innings on the year, with a 3.00 ERA and equally impressive 3.39 FIP good for 2.0 WAR. While the BABIP at .267 and the HR/FB at just 4.5% suggests he might be a little lucky, he has been a real welcome addition to the rotation which was not necessarily expected from me despite his stellar stuff after a messy Cactus League.
  • It was Brandon Inge who it the go ahead home run in this one, and Yoenis Cespedes who gave the A’s their other run launching a fat pitch from Phil Hughes into the left field bleachers to give Oakland the early lead, but the other story in this one has to be Sean Doolittle. Coming in to earn his first ever MLB save, he gave up a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez but then struck out three straight in Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Andruw Jones to seal the A’s victory. Not an easy foursome to face, and to strike them out like he did (particularly Teixeira who went down looking) was incredible. He is a future closer in my mind. The performance also just added to his video game like numbers on the season: 13.5 K/9 to just 1.9 BB/9 for a 0.69 FIP to go with his 1.86 ERA. That leaves him tied for eighth place with 1.0 WAR among American League relievers which is incredible given the two other pitchers (Phil Coke and Vicente Padilla) both have pitched 39 1/3 and 35 innings respectively to Doolittle’s 19 1/3.
  • Aside from Cespedes and Inge, the A’s offense was pretty much non-existent, Chris Carter and Coco Crisp both added singles and that was all the offense they’d muster up.
  • Bob Melvin who has been platooning Carter and Brandon Moss, had both players in the lineup today with Moss in right field forcing Josh Reddick to slide over to designated hitter. Eric Sogard got the start at shortstop going 0-for-3 and Derek Norris saw his struggles continue with an 0-for-2 with a walk day that saw his slash line slip to .169/.246/.271.
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