Recap: Tigers @ A’s Game 11
Wrap: Oakland 4, Detroit 3 (12 innings). A’s 9-2 (1st Place, 2 games ahead)
The A’s just can’t be stopped. Winners of nine straight today it took a little bit longer than usual, twelve innings for a total of four hours and four minutes but the A’s won yet again. I got to go to this one! First A’s game of the year. First game I’ve caught in Oakland in a while, and it was frigid. You forget just how cold it gets up here. This was a strange game with the lone mistake by the A’s a Prince Fielder three-run home run surrendered by Bartolo Colon. If not for that the A’s win it in regulation. That of course did not happen and the A’s clawed back to finally win it on a walk off Josh Donaldson home run to the right field corner. This game started to get so sloppy that Octavio Dotel threw three wild pitches (on four total pitches I think) in his bullpen warmups, halting play as Josh Reddick (back form injury) had to retrieve the ball. Speaking of Reddick he was presented with his 2012 Gold Glove Award which was much deserved and flashed that glove with a great catch on a surefire Victor Martinez extra base hit in the ninth. Two A’s left the game with injuries in this one: Yoenis Cespedes with a sore left hand, and Coco Crisp with a strained left groin. The removal of Crisp from the game prompted the A’s to lose the designated hitter when Chris Young moved to center field but ultimately the A’s weren’t forced to see any pitchers bat.
The potent A’s hitting of the past few days wasn’t present on this chilly night. The A’s managed just eight hits, with Crisp and Donaldson being the only ones to manage more than one. Reddick in his return went 1-for-4 with a walk and two K’s and also drove in a run. Moss cooled off returning to the Bay Area going 0-for-5 with a golden sombrero while stranding five runners. The A’s used every single hitter they had in this game and all but two relievers and the other four starting pitchers.
Can’t really complain about the outing Colon put together. I think it is concerning how many hits he is allowing, but if he doesn’t add to his woes with free baserunners in the form of walks perhaps it won’t be so disastrous. Colon went seven innings, allowing three earned runs all coming on the Fielder home run which was one of eight hits allowed while he walked none and struck out five. That all adds up to a 3.46 FIP which one can’t complain about and I could see Colon putting together outings like this in the future. That gives the A’s a chance to win which is all you ask out of a middle rotation starter. The bullpen was stellar with the only scare being a Ramon Santiago triple allowed by Blevins in the top of the twelfth. Resop came in, took care of Austin Jackson and threat was neutralized allowing him to be in line for the win when Donaldson came through in the bottom half.
No way the hero can go to anyone other than Donaldson. He doubled off of Drew Smyly in the seventh inning which allowed Coco to score him from second with the tying run, then he hits the walk off winner in the twelfth for a 2-for-5 day. Great night for Donaldson.