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Recap: Twins @ A’s Game 123

August 22, 2012

Bartolo Colon was suspended this morning but that didn’t rattle the A’s and Tommy Milone who cruised to victory 5-1 over the Twins. The A’s next head to Tampa Bay to face their wild card rival Rays with Tyson Ross expected to take Colon’s place in the rotation.

  • Coco Crisp had a heck of a day for the A’s today as he continues t0 rebound from a very slow start. Today he went 3-for-3 with a walk, with one of those hits and a double and more importantly one a home run off of Twins reliever Tyler Robinson (the final run the A’s would score in this one). On top of that he also added a stolen base victimizing Liam Hendriks and Drew Butera for his 28th swipe of the year.
  • Josh Donaldson, who is just on fire since his return also added two hits, as a part of a 2-for-4 day, one being a double off of Hendriks. He also had an error in this one, a bad day for the A’s defense who also saw errors from Stephen Drew, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.
  • Pitching was solid as it is in nearly any one-run game, Milone went eight innings allowing just the one earned run while limiting Twinkie hitters to just two hits. In this one he walked one and struck out five. This moves his season numbers to a 3.87 ERA and 4.00 FIP which are solid numbers. The disparity between home and away though is still significant: 2.34 ERA and 2.78 FIP at the Coliseum, compared to a 5.77 ERA and 5.50 FIP away from home. If you use xFIP, he does seem to get hurt by home runs on the road far more than in the spacious Coliseum its a bit more even with a 3.93 xFIP at home to a 4.08 xFIP on the road, but it certainly seems to be more dramatic than that suggests. It isn’t just a park factor thing.
  • Ryan Cook pitched the ninth in a non-save situation. He allowed a hit to (of all people) Matt Carson, but struck out every other Twin he faced in his frame. Of his 19 pitches, 12 were strikes.
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