Recap: A’s @ Indians Game 128
The A’s win yet again (another shutout!) against the quite hapless and reeling Cleveland Indians winning 7-0. The win puts them in the drivers seat of the two wild card spots and also improves their record to 71-57.
- The top of the lineup in today’s game stood out as quite peculiar to me. Bob Melvin opted to put the struggling Stephen Drew in the leadoff spot where he responded with an 0-for-3 night with two strikeouts (albeit he did also draw two walks). Oddly enough, Josh Reddick hit second going 1-for-5. Experiment over perhaps?
- The A’s did generate a good deal of offense in this one particularly from their 4-5-6 hitters with Seth Smith (4th) going 2-for-5 with a strikeout including a double off of Indians starter Zach McAllister. Chris Carter (5th) went 3-for-5 with a double and home run, while also striking out twice. Brandon Moss (6th) meanwhile went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts, with him like Carter also homering off of McAllister. Adam Rosales hitting ninth and getting the start at second went 2-for-4 with a strikeout, while also adding a two-bagger.
- Ultimately the pitching did what was asked. Despite allowing eight hits they stranded all the Tribe’s baserunners leaving them with nine stranded for the game and had them 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Tommy Milone getting the start went six allowing seven hits, walking one and K’ing five in an impressive road performance. A high pitch count (102 pitches) chased him from this one.
- The bullpen then held down the fort with Ohio-native son Jerry Blevins going one and two thirds allowing just one hit followed by Pat Neshek who retired the lone batter he faced before yielding to Evan Scribner for a perfect one strikeout ninth inning.