Recap: A’s @ Orioles Game 100
The A’s win again and now hold a half game lead over the Angels for the home field advantage in the wild card play-in game. Through 100 games the A’s are now 10 games above .500 at 55-45 and won yet another series with tonight’s win over the Orioles 6-1.
- The A’s July success has been fueled by a power surge and that continued this evening as Yoenis Cespedes jacked his 14th home run of the year off of Orioles starter Tommy Hunter (he also would add a triple as a part of his 2-for-4 day). Chris Carter followed suit adding his eighth as he went 1-for-4. These two home runs accounted for four of the A’s runs in the ballgame, so despite earning just one walk in the game, the wait for a home run strategy sort of is working for these A’s.
- Also speaking of Cespedes, he made a fantastic play to rob Omar Quintanilla of surefire extra bases while playing center field. Why the A’s insist on pushing him to left field is beyond me. He is clearly a center fielder, he also is clearly a gifted one and Coco Crisp‘s time with this club is limited (or at least should be). Cespedes started the game in left field, but then was moved to center after Crisp left with a tight left hamstring that is not anticipated to result in a disabled list move or anything of that sort.
- On the pitching side of things, a 6-1 game means the A’s featured some good pitching. Bartolo Colon earned the win, going five and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The remaining three and a third innings were covered by Jordan Norberto (one and two-thirds of two hit, no walk, two strikeout baseball) and Evan Scribner who allowed a solo shot to Nick Markakis, accounting for all of his hits and runs allowed while also striking out two.
- Today’s lineup was an interesting one with Josh Reddick out. Seth Smith got the start in right field, both Carter (who DH’d) and Brandon Moss were in the lineup and Eric Sogard too got another go of it and went 2-for-4, postponing for perhaps a few days my question of why him and not Adam Rosales whose versatility seems to better fit a team looking to win each and every game down the stretch.