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Recap: Twins @ A’s Game 122

August 21, 2012

Wow. What a night. The long anticipated Brett Anderson return was all that we wanted as A’s fans and then some. The A’s win 4-1, improve to 66-56, Anderson looks great, A’s turn a triple play. All is good.

  • The story of the night was unquestionably Anderson. Coming in for his first appearance since June 5th of last year after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Anderson came in and just shined. Anderson went seven innings, striking out six allowing just one earned run on four hits while walking no one. A great outing. Anderson was efficient with just 86 pitches and 62 for strikes. He also picked off his former teammate Josh Willingham and got Trevor Plouffe to hit into a 5-4-3 triple play. I have at times wondered what all the fuss is about Anderson. For all the talk about him, he has shown so much brilliance at times but at times has just been a decent pitcher. This appearance was great and showed the promise he possesses. He looks to be in great shape, just like when I saw him at FanFest, he looked sharp, and wow how exciting  to have him back.
  • Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour held down the win, each going an inning and facing the minimum. Doolittle set down two on strikes while Balfour set down one. Doolittle now has been worth a grand total of 1.5 WAR, an incredible total for just 28 innings. He has yet to surrender a home run and is at 13.5 K/9 to 2.3 BB/9. What a year.
  • Offensively the A’s managed four runs leaving nine men stranded but managing a solid 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Seth Smith led the way in driving in two runs, as a part of his 2-for-2 game with two walks upon his return from the DL. Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson both also got two hits, going 2-for-5 and 2-for-4 respectively each adding a double.
  • The lineup was interesting. The first game for Stephen Drew since coming to Oakland, he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout hitting second. Adam Rosales, who appears to be the starting second baseman for the next little bit, hit ninth and also went 0-for-4.
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