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Recap: A’s @ Rays Game 124

August 23, 2012

Tyson Ross took the hill for the A’s today as the emergency starter because of Bartolo Colon‘s drug suspension and this being his spot in the rotation that came up. Ross is someone I have roundly criticized all season long and tonight’s outing demonstrated basically why that is the case as the A’s fall 5-0 to the Rays. Surely, Ross is not all to blame, but he also does not get off scot-free.

  • The biggest problem for the A’s in this one is that an MLB team has yet to win a game in which they score zero runs. I suppose if we look through the annals of history we can find some game forfeited due to fans throwing souvenirs onto the field or something in which the “winning team” failed to score, but in a nine inning traditional and normal game that has yet to occur. Alex Cobb, the Rays starter, went the full nine striking out eight, walking just two and scattering four hits. Not a recipe to win a ballgame.
  • Stephen Drew was the offensive superstar for Oakland in this one going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, while also striking out once. Every Athletic save one struck out just one time. Strangely, one of the guys you’d expect to be more apt to strike out was the only one who didn’t: Chris Carter.
  • For the second straight day Cliff Pennington got the start at second base. Didn’t really see things shaking out this way when the A’s acquired Drew. Pennington had one of the A’s hits as a part of his 1-for-3 with a K day, upping his batting average back above .200 to .201.
  • The pitching of Ross was uninspired as he went six innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. All the runs came in a disastrous fifth inning, during which he allowed five hits and a walk in what really was just a sustained rally by the Rays in which all nine hitters got to the plate. I fully expect Ross to be jettisoned back to Sacramento following this one, he didn’t make much of a case to stick around.
  • Jerry Blevins and Pat Neshek came into this one to keep it close should the A’s bats finally awaken. They never did. But Blevins went an inning with two K’s facing the minimum. Neshek meanwhile went one, walking one and striking out one.
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