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Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 3

April 3, 2013

Wrap: Oakland 6, Seattle 2. A’s 1-2 (4th Place (tie), 1 game back)

A’s get their first win of the year. After a very shaky first inning where it looked like, oh no here we go again, with home runs surrendered by Tommy Milone to Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse, the crafty lefty figured things out and the A’s cruised to victory. The bats came alive, nearly doubling their hit total from the past two games (six) in this one with eleven hits.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Joe Saunders: Coco Crisp DH, Jed Lowrie SS, Chris Young CF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Derek Norris C, Josh Reddick RF, Nate Freiman 1B, Scott Sizemore 2B.

The bats finally came alive, with quite the unconventional lineup against the southpaw Saunders. I just didn’t like this lineup one bit but it worked out. Lowrie continued his hit streak going 3-for-3 including his first home run as an Athletic. I am really getting geeked about Lowrie who has looked fantastic these first few days. Lowrie’s home run was followed up by the first home run of the year by Young, back-to-back shots off of Kameron Loe. Several guys made their Oakland debut or season debuts today but for Freiman it was his MLB debut and in his first at bat he singled home Donaldson his second at bat also resulted in a single on a 2-for-3 debut night. Sizemore made his first appearance since 2011 and went 1-for-4. Overall though the A’s did not do that great with runners in scoring position going 2-for-12 but they clearly got enough runs to make that a non-issue.

The Pitching

Appearances: Milone, Sean Doolittle, Chris Resop.

Milone had a shaky first but recovered and pitched well going seven innings allowing four hits (including the two home runs) with a walk and four K’s on 102 pitches. If you exclude the first inning, Milone pitched six innings of two hit baseball allowing no runs, walking one and K’ing four on 83 pitches not a bad day. Of course we cannot exclude the first inning and Milone’s FIP reflects that at an ugly 5.68, but single game FIPs are admittedly beyond useless. Doolittle looked good as did Resop.

Hero/Zero

It has to be Lowrie with an honorable mention going to Freiman in his MLB debut. Lowrie went 3-for-3 and in his first at bat of the night hit a double off of Saunders. In the third inning he faced Saunders again and drew a walk after finding himself down 0-2. The key hit that made Lowrie the hero was his second double of both the night and the season when with Saunders still pitching he came up with Reddick on third and Crisp on first and scored them both to break a 2-2 tie. Lowrie would add on an insurance run in the seventh with his first home run as an Athletic off of Loe. All in all not a bad night: 3-for-3 with three RBI and eight total bases good for a wOBA of 1.355 for the game.

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