Recap: Red Sox @ A’s Game 133
A’s sweep the Red Sox and extend their win streak to nine and also meaning that on September 2nd, yes September 2nd the A’s have an identical record to the New York Yankees at 76-57 care of their 6-2 victory. Wow.
- Brett Anderson has always seemingly pitched the Red Sox tough and the numbers bear it out. He has thrown 50 innings against Boston holding them to 2.70 ERA in eight starts, with 7.6 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9. Today was no different as Anderson carved through the Red Sox throwing six innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Anderson now has just incredible numbers on the year (albeit in just three starts) and has been better than some midseason trade acquisition: 0.90 ERA, 2.06 FIP with 6.8 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and yet to surrender a long ball. Even though the BABIP (.212) and strand rate (85.7%) are too good to keep up, regressing to a truer 2.06 ERA is fine by me.
- Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour finished up the final third of this ballgame. Cook pitched a perfect seventh, striking out one and Doolittle did the same in the eighth. Balfour has a shakier outing, allowing an earned run on one hit while also striking out one in a non-save situation.
- Stephen Drew went 3-for-4 in this one. He got a home run in the second inning of Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka his first as an Athletic. He also added a double off of reliever Mark Melancon. Seth Smith also homered off of Matsuzaka, a two-run shot in the first inning to give the A’s a lead they’d never relinquish. It was Smith’s 13th as he got the start at designated hitter hitting second.
- Defensively, Yoenis Cespedes had an incredible throw home to Derek Norris to cut down Scott Podsednik at the plate. He has been playing better in left field, and Coco Crisp (0-for-3 with two walks and his 31st stolen base in this one) is just great in center, I wonder if this alignment persists in 2013?