Recap: Indians @ A’s Game 118
The Indians did all their scoring in the fourth inning, the A’s answered that four run fourth with a quick three run bottom half and didn’t look back in their 6-4 win to move them to 63-55 over the 54-65 Tribe.
- The offensive star of this game was improbably, Josh Donaldson. Donaldson went 4-for-4 hitting seventh with a double including the game-winning run driven in when a single plated Adam Rosales in the bottom of the eighth with the go-ahead run. The other offensive standout in this one was Yoenis Cespedes who went 2-for-4 with a double, while also swiping his 11th base of the year.
- Brandon Moss got the start in right field as Josh Reddick was nursing a sore mouth due to some dental issues. Reddick did come in as a pinch-hitter getting a single off of Tribe reliever Vinnie Pestano. Reddick hit for DH Jonny Gomes who went 0-for-3 with two K’s.
- On the mound, Tommy Milone got the start and went five allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits, with a walk and six strikeouts. The one hit, a grand slam by Shelley Duncan, accounted for all the Cleveland runs in this contest. FIP must be onto something here with how they value home runs huh? This start left Milone’s FIP at 4.07 which is pretty inline with his 4.03 ERA as he has upped his K’s a bit at 6.6 K/9 while maintaining his pinpoint control at 1.8 BB/9. If he can cut down on the long balls (1.2 HR/9) he probably is in pretty good shape.
- Pat Neshek came in for an inning and a third of two strikeout work. He has looked like a nice pickup since joining Oakland with 12.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9 in his seven innings of work giving him a 1.35 ERA but a still decent 3.70 FIP. Neshek was followed by Jordan Norberto who earned the victory in this affair with one and two thirds innings of well timed pitching striking out two. Grant Balfour came in to lock down the save with a one strikeout ninth.