Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 28
Wrap: Oakland 10, Los Angeles 6. A’s 16-12 (2nd Place, 2 games back)
Coming off an epic never-ending game the A’s win again for the third time in a row as they look to right things and regain some ground on the Rangers. The bats were working in this one even if the pitching wasn’t always. Though I don’t put stock in win-loss records for pitchers it is nice to see Jarrod Parker avoid losing five in April and instead finish with a sloppy 1-4 record.
The lineup was strange – don’t like Rosales in the two-spot at all – but they got it done. Ten runs on ten hits, along with seven walks can’t really find much to complain about with the output there. The heart of the order did the heavy lifting of driving men in with Cespedes going 2-for-4 with a double and triple to go with a sac fly as he drove in four. Smith meanwhile went 2-for-4 with a double and walk driving in three. Smith is having a great year with his slash line up to .321/.415/.519 and his WAR up to 0.6. On the flipside of that, Reddick’s woes continued as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout bringing his slash line to an anemic .139/.231/.241 making him worth a big bad -0.5 WAR this season. Norris who went 2-for-3 collected his second stolen base of the year. I love noting catchers getting stolen bases, that must’ve made Mike Scioscia crazy given his qualms about Hank Conger‘s defense.
Parker did not look great but also wasn’t terrible going six innings allowing four runs, only three earned, while allowing six hits, walking three and striking out four. This brought his ERA down to a still awful 7.36 and his FIP stands at a very awful 5.50. Parker is making progress moving in the right direction however so there is hope. Scribner recently returned from Sacramento did not perform well at all, allowing a home run to Mark Trumbo as a part of his two-thirds innings of three hits, and two runs (the home run was a solo shot). Doolittle looked great earning a hold and with two K’s in his inning and a third bringing his K/9 to 9.5. Balfour closed out the game which was not a save situation owing to Cespedes’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth and aside from a leadoff walk to Mike Trout got the heart of the Halo lineup out without much of a whimper.
Can’t go anywhere but Cespedes. Two extra-base hits, four driven in, no question he was the best player in this game. Good to see him starting to heat up as he is now up to .228/.303/.509 on the year with 0.5 WAR. Once he is really hitting he transforms this lineup.