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Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 135

September 4, 2012

If yesterday’s game was miserable, today’s was even more so as the A’s will drop the series to their division rival Angels by losing 6-1. This was like the A’s of recent memory, zero offense to speak of and a game that felt out of reach nearly from the onset. The A’s record drops to 76-59.

  • Jarrod Parker is the sore luck loser in this one. His record falls to 9-8, despite a very strong outing going seven innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits, while walking no one and striking out five. Parker threw 104 pitches with 69 for strikes and did a decent job of keeping Angels hitters from scoring.
  • The same could not be said of the A’s bullpen. Sean Doolittle had arguably his worst outing since being called up, going just two-thirds of an inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out just one. Evan Scribner came in to close to out the eighth. The pattern repeated itself in the ninth, with Jim Miller going two-thirds of an inning allowing two runs, one earned, one no hits but care of walking two. Then Jerry Blevins was called in to clear up that mess.
  • Offensively the A’s managed four hits: Yoenis Cespedes singling off of Zack Greinke in the first, Seth Smith doubling off of Greinke in the third, Josh Donaldson singling off of Greinke in the fourth, and the lone Athletic run, a solo home run to lead off the seventh by Brandon Moss (also off of Greinke).
  • The weak bottom third of the A’s lineup: Stephen Drew, George Kottaras and Cliff Pennington went a combined 0-for-8 with only Drew managing a walk to do anything for the A’s offense.
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