Recap: A’s @ Angels Game 9
Wrap: Oakland 11, Los Angeles 5. A’s 7-2 (1st Place, 1 game ahead)
The A’s kept on rolling to their seventh straight win tonight over the Halos in Anaheim 11-5. The A’s led throughout the game and never looked back. The A’s have just owned the Angels in Anaheim going back to the beginning of the season the A’s are 9-3 in Orange County. The A’s formula these past two days has been passable pitching and insurmountable offense which isn’t traditional Oakland A’s baseball as of late but has got the day done.
This lineup is a pretty solid one. I like Jaso in that number two spot and Moss today proved he really is becoming a real complete player and I think he offers great protection to Cespedes in the five spot. Moss was the star today, being a double short of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-4 with a triple, and home run off of Blanton, including two walks and five driven in. Every starter had a hit in this one, the only player failed to notch a hit among the A’s 16 hits was Andy Parrino who came on as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. Smith got three hits in four at bats with a walk notching two doubles. Lot of guys on base in this one yielding the A’s a 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position. On the basepaths Coco and Young both stole a base. The A’s just raked in this one, 16-for-44 (.364) with seven walks to just two K’s.
The pitching was underwhelming in this one. Milone earned the win but was uninspiring in five innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with three walks and five K’s racking up an inefficient 106 pitches in his time on the hill. Four relievers all pitched one inning apiece, none a perfect inning, with Resop allowing a hit and the other three allowing two each. Neshek allowed a run in his inning. He figured to catch a break when Hank Conger came in to pinch-hit for Albert Pujols but Conger drove in Peter Bourjos to tack on a run in the tough luck start for Neshek. I wonder how short a leash Neshek will get with the A’s stacked with bullpen arms though conversely with the A’s winning do Neshek’s struggles really matter as much?
Moss gets it for the second night in a row. 3-for-4, with five driven in, including a triple and home run, with two walks and two runs scored. On the year he has been worth 0.6 WAR, with a .400/.500/.720 slash line, .510 wOBA and 223 wRC+ with a solid 16.7% BB% positively correlated with a 13.3% K%. Good start for Moss who is starting to make me feel like 2012 was not a fluke and that maybe finally he is a late bloomer.