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Recap: A’s @ Orioles Game 101

July 29, 2012

A’s win another series, but lose this one and fail to sweep the O’s in Baltimore. Can’t complain as the A’s own a 55-46 record despite falling the Birds 6-1. A’s just couldn’t get it done in this one and head home to face Tampa Bay, Toronto and Los Angeles.

  • Travis Blackley got roughed up in this one. The Aussie who has had a strong and surprising campaign since the A’s claimed him off of waivers from San Francisco pitched five innings, of five earned run, six hit (including a three-run Matt Wieters home run) four walk baseball managing a mere single strikeout of Mark Reynolds in the second inning. It was a rough day in multiple ways, he struggled with back stiffness throughout, and then hurt his neck on a bunt single from Omar Quintanilla. Needless to say this is one he’d like to have back.
  • Jim Miller mopped up the final three innings, allowing one earned run, on two hits (the lone run coming on an Quintanilla solo home run) while tallying four strikeouts.
  • The Orioles pitching meanwhile, particularly starter Wei-Yin Chen, were incredibly sharp as they managed 14 strikeouts (12 of them from Chen in his five and two thirds innings of work). Every A’s starter had at least one strikeout in the game with Chris Carter, Brandon Inge, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith all being felled by strikes twice.
  • The A’s only run came in the sixth inning when Jemile Weeks led off with a walk, followed by Jonny Gomes getting on base and Weeks advancing to second on an error. Yoenis Cespedes singled home Weeks to make the game 5-1.
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