Recap: A’s @ Indians Game 130
The A’s sweep a four game set in Cleveland as they continue to win, win, win. Six straight now for Oakland as Cleveland moves rapidly in the opposite direction. The A’s record now stands at 73-57 which is incredible and not something I’d have ever expected at any point this season before it started. Sixteen games above .500 care of the 12-7 win today.
- George Kottaras broke this one open for Oakland with a bases clearing double in the fourth. This was his only hit in a 1-for-4 afternoon with a walk and strikeout as he remains stuck under .200 at .198. Another guy at .198 homered right after Kottaras’ double, Cliff Pennington getting the nod at second base went 2-for-3 with his fourth dinger.
- Along with Pennington, Coco Crisp (his ninth) and Josh Reddick (his 27th) homered off of Indians starter Justin Masterson. Crisp did it as part of a 2-for-5 afternoon with a walk and K his other hit being a double. Reddick meanwhile had a 3-for-5 day. The A’s had another home run in this one, Josh Donaldson took Chris Perez deep for his fourth of the year.
- The A’s were only 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but six runs came via home run. As a team they went 13-for-38 with only one starter failing to get a hit: Brandon Moss who went 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Jarrod Parker got the start for the A’s, pitching an uninspiring five innings that earned him a win care of the A’s offense. In five he allowed five earned runs on eight hits (including a solo Jason Kipnis home run) walking and striking out three. He was extremely inefficient, laboring through his innings throwing 101 pitches with 57 of them for balls.
- Evan Scribner and Jerry Blevins both pitched a combined inning and two third of uninspiring relief. Scribner going two-thirds allowing one earned run on a hit and two walks, while Blevins went an inning allowing an earned run while walking two. However, Jim Miller mopped up pitching the final two and a third innings, allowing a hit and striking out two.