Recap: Indians @ A’s Game 127
Brett Anderson pitched another gem holding off the Tribe as the A’s win again 2-0 and improve to a whopping thirteen games above .500 and coupled with a Tampa Bay loss puts the A’s tied for the wild card spots with the Baltimore Orioles at 70-57.
- In his second start Anderson was dominant, going seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out five on 95 pitches (60 for strikes). I can’t recall seeing Anderson this sharp in ages – ignoring the fact he hasn’t pitched in ages. Michael Brantley got the first hit in the fifth, a single, on a missed call by the first base umpire. In the sixth inning, Brent Lillibridge led off with a double and there ended the hitting for Cleveland.
- Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour pitched dominant innings themselves. Cook threw in the eighth facing the minimum and striking out two. Cook was impressive in keeping in the strike zone having 11 of his 15 pitches go for strikes. Balfour meanwhile, walked one but struck out the remaining three en route to his 15th save on the year.
- Offensively the A’s didn’t do much, but didn’t need to. The batting order was a bit interesting, Seth Smith hit fourth whereas Josh Reddick again hit sixth. Smith went 1-for-3, while Reddick launched his 26th home run as a part of a 2-for-4 day off of Indians starter Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona).
- Yoenis Cespedes also added two hits, both of them doubles though he neither scored nor drove in any runs. The day moved his slash line to a very impressive .298/.359/.507 with a .373 wOBA and 140 wRC+ for a total of 1.8 WAR. Pretty impressive numbers and makes you wonder where he’d be if he had been healthy all season long.
- Cliff Pennington, starting at second base, got his first throwing error at second.