Recap: Red Sox @ A’s Game 131
The A’s won 20-2. That is a big win. To put it into perspective the Pythagorean winning percentage for Oakland entering the game was 72-58. Following their 20-2 win it jumped to 74-57. One win was essentially worth far more than that. Pretty impressive for the last day of August. The A’s up their winning streak to seven with the victory.
- The A’s offense went 19-for-40, drawing two walks and striking out four times. They hit an astounding 8-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and stranded just three runners. They combined for five doubles and five home runs.
- Brandon Moss and George Kottaras had monster games with both accumulating nine total bases. Moss hitting fifth, went 4-for-5 with a strikeout. He had two doubles (both of Aaron Cook) and a home run off of Alfredo Aceves driving in four in the ballgame. Kottaras meanwhile drove in five, on his 3-for-5 night with two home runs, one off of Daniel Bard and another off of Vicente Padilla.
- Josh Reddick had a good ballgame adding his 28th home run of the season (it coming off of Mark Melancon) while he also added a double as a part of his 2-for-5, four RBI night against his former teammates. Other A’s having multi-hit games were Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-4) Jonny Gomes (2-for-4, with a walk and strikeout) and Cliff Pennington (3-for-5 with a strikeout).
- Brandon McCarthy didn’t have to pitch well with this much run support but nonetheless he did going six and a third innings allowing just two earned runs, on eight hits (including a Jarrod Saltalamacchia solo shot). He struck out one as he let his pitch count get a bit out of control at 103 pitches with 72 for strikes.
- McCarthy was relieved by mop up gentlemen Pedro Figueroa and Evan Scribner. Figueroa went an inning and a third, allowing a hit and a walk. While Scribner pitched a perfect frame.