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Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 111

August 8, 2012

Another series win for the A’s this time over the Angels. This was a rough outing the second time out for A’s starter Dan Straily, but his offense picked him up and the A’s were 9-8 winners further padding their lead over Los Angeles to one and a half games for second place despite a fraction the payroll.

  • Straily struggled his second time out lasting just four and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits (most problematic of all being that half were home runs), for five earned runs to go with a walk and five K’s. Every run Straily gave up came via the home run, but when you give up all these shots in one game that is a big issue. Kendrys Morales in particular was a fan of Straily, launching two shots off of him, while Torii Hunter and Chris Iannetta also added one apiece as well.
  • The bullpen had mixed results. Pat Neshek earned the win, with just one strikeout of Hunter in the sixth inning. Sean Doolittle also looked sharp striking out three strikeouts in his inning of work, while also allowing two hits bringing his K/9 total to a staggering 13.3 now. Not looking so hot were Grant Balfour who struck out two in his inning but also gave up a solo shot to Mark Trumbo. Ryan Cook who earned his twelfth save looked bad also, allowing two earned runs on three hits, with a strikeout in his inning.
  • The A’s did well against the Angels offensively with George Kottaras (1-for-4 with a K) getting his first home run as a member of the A’s off of Angels starter Zack Greinke. Chris Carter also added his tenth home run (2-for-3 with a BB) off of reliever LaTroy Hawkins. Carter is just looking amazing thus far as today’s game brought him up to .436 for his wOBA and 183 for his wRC+.
  • Coco Crisp who went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk continues to see his numbers climb as they now sit at a not great but certainly nowhere near where they once were: .251/.315/.361. To add to his good day, Crisp also swiped two bags, giving him 24 on the year.
  • Cliff Pennington got his first start since returning from the DL going 0-for-2 with two walks.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Hungary4A'sNews permalink
    August 9, 2012 1:10 pm

    A real ‘back and forth contest’

    2 points open to comment:

    I distinctly remember hearing the TV announcer saying about Straily “He needs to finish this 5th inning to get the opportunity for the win” …we all know that 🙂 ..but then why is MLB so cool with a guy getting 1 out (Neshek) in another inning being given a win? and isn’t that even often up for scorekeeper subjective opinion?

    also

    Last week Beane was happily commenting on how he projects Grant Green as a 2B and Duh we have Weeks there…what about a move..Green start playing SS at Sacto?

    but generally .Pleased..go A’s!!…bring back Crazy George!

    • August 9, 2012 2:42 pm

      Yeah to me wins are sort of nonsensical in general. They just don’t accurately reflect the contributions of any given pitcher to the actual outcome of the game. Like the classic example being a guy throws eight innings of 1-0 baseball. The reliever comes in blows the lead, the team picks him up in the bottom half and he gets a win.

      I like Green more than Weeks. My understanding is there is concern about how Green’s arm will play at shortstop. I still think he should be given an opportunity there as that’s clearly the bigger question mark for the A’s than is Weeks, though I think he is rightfully questioned.

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