Recap: Indians @ A’s Game 119
The A’s win again to clinch a series win against the visiting Indians as they roll by them 8-5. The game really was not nearly as close as it seemed as it was 8-1 going into the top of the ninth when the A’s bullpen allowed four runs to cross the plate giving the appearance of a close contest.
- Bartolo Colon steamrolled through his former team going eight innings, allowing an earned run on just five hits including a solo home run from Carlos Santana, while walking no one and striking out three. The strikeout numbers to me are still disappointing, following this outing he is now at 5.4 K/9 down from his 6.9 K/9 for his career. He hasn’t ever been a huge strikeout guy but 5.4 is pretty middling. His ERA now sits at 4.05, his FIP at 4.17 as the dramatic improvement from Colon as he becomes a more pitch to contact guy is his control as he has limited the opposition to 1.4 BB/9 well down from his 2.9 BB/9 career mark.
- The ninth inning as said was a mess. Evan Scribner took the reins to begin the frame in mop-up work and promptly allowed a single to Asdrubal Cabrera and then a home run to Shin-Soo Choo. After giving up a single and getting two more outs including a strikeout, he was replaced by Jerry Blevins who surrendered a home run to pinch-hitter Brent Lillibridge to score the third earned run on Scribner’s ledger. Another single allowed by Blevins and Bob Melvin went to the bullpen to replace Blevins with Grant Balfour who struck out Ezequiel Carrera – the only hitter he’d face – on six pitches (all strikes), to earn himself his eleventh save.
- The A’s bats were alive in this one as they tallied eight runs on nine hits, while walking six times. The club went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position with Yoenis Cespedes really leading the way getting three two-out runs batted in. On the day Cespedes was looking good going 2-for-4 against the Tribe including his 16th home run of the year off of Indians starter Corey Kluber.
- Following his 4-for-4 night, Josh Donaldson was moved up to second in the lineup. He answered by going 2-for-5 to raise his average above .200 (to .205). Since being called up Donaldson has been a beast accumulating 0.5 WAR, hitting .474/.500/.684 in his 20 plate appearances (and yes that isn’t much to glean from) with a .507 wOBA and 231 wRC+.
- Coco Crisp tripled as a part of a 1-for-4 day with a walk, and he also managed to acquire his 26th stolen base victimizing Kluber and Santana. Cliff Pennington also managed a swipe off that tandem his thirteenth on the season as a part of his 0-for-3, one walk, one strikeout day.