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Recap: A’s @ Rays Game 18

April 20, 2013

Wrap: Tampa Bay 1, Oakland 0. A’s 12-6 (1st Place, 1 1/2 games ahead)

The A’s lose yet again clinching a loss in this series in Tampa Bay. The Rays are a good team so if you are going to lose to a team might as well be a good one. A 1-0 loss also is not something awful to be ashamed of. Jeremy Hellickson just kept the A’s in check completely as they were able to get nothing done on offense at all. Likewise Jarrod Parker kept the Rays in check and save for one pitch that ended up deposited in the front row of the right field bleachers this is a potentially different outcome.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Hellickson: Coco Crisp CF, John Jaso DH, Seth Smith LF, Jed Lowrie SS, Brandon Moss 1B, Derek Norris C, Josh Reddick RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Eric Sogard 2B.

The offense in this one was simply pathetic. The A’s managed three hits: a Moss single in the second, a Sogard single in the third, and a Smith single in the fourth. Norris supplied the rest of the “offense” with a walk to lead off the fifth. Two of these offensive feats were negated instantly by double plays. The A’s struck out eight times with Jaso (three times) and Donaldson (two times) leading the way. Nothing really more to say, it was a team effort at abysmal and the Athletics were successful at being abysmal.

The Pitching

Appearances: Parker, Ryan Cook.

Parker looked a lot better than he had in other games. Given the taxing the bullpen received last night with Brett Anderson‘s one inning start, Parker needed to give the A’s  innings and he did: six and a third. He allowed six hits, walked two and K’d five his lone mistake a second inning home run allowed to Matt Joyce in the first row of the right field bleachers. One pitch was his mistake and the offense couldn’t pick him up like they’ve done before this season. The loss moved Parker to 0-3 but brought his ERA down to 7.50 and his FIP to 6.19 down from 10.80 and 7.11. His peripherals are still a mess: 4.5 K/9, 5.0 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 with a .388 BABIP and 70.7% strand rate. Cook came in and took care of business and his numbers on this young season look great: 10.1 innings, 0.87 ERA, 2.35 FIP with 9.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9. Needs to get those walks down but that is I suppose the bad that comes with the good when it comes to Cook.

Hero/Zero

When your team plays as pathetically as they did today at least make good outs. Sogard earns the zero due to what happened in the top of the third inning. Coco flew out to center field and Sogard who presumably didn’t know how many outs there were or who knows what kept running around second onto third. Desmond Jennings who made the catch in center field was able to trot to the Rays bench and step on first to double up Sogard an unassisted 8 double play. Simply pathetic. Brings to mind that awful infield triple in Seattle in terms of sheer embarrassment.

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