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Recap: A’s @ Yankees Game 31

May 4, 2013

Wrap: New York 4, Oakland 2. A’s 17-14 (2nd Place, 2 1/2 games back)

The fourth was not with the A’s today as they fell to the Yankees 4-2 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It was a case of too little, too late as the A’s could not figure out Phil Hughes who earned his first win of the year as he went eight innings allowing just four hits while walking two and K’ing nine. He gave way to Shawn Kelley who provided no relief at all allowing a hit to Yoenis Cespedes before the A’s even managed to tag Mariano Rivera for that inherited runner along with an additional run the game ending with Adam Rosales as the tying run up and Josh Reddick stranded on second base.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Hughes: John Jaso C, Jed Lowrie DH, Cespedes CF, Brandon Moss 1B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Seth Smith LF, Reddick RF, Rosales SS, Eric Sogard 2B. 

The A’s couldn’t do much of anything until they got to the relievers. They hit 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position which is a recipe for failure. Smith had perhaps the best game of anyone on Oakland going 2-for-4 with a double (the A’s only extra base hit) and run driven in only striking out once. Cespedes also had two hits on is 2-for-4 day with a run scored and two strikeouts. Moss and Jaso were the only other A’s to get hits and both also drew a walk apiece. Donaldson ground into his seventh double play which is now good for second in the American League below the slow moving Kendrys Morales of the Mariners.

The Pitching

Appearances: Bartolo Colon, Jerry Blevins, Chris Resop, Evan Scribner

Colon facing his former team did not look great in this one. He gave up a home run to Chris Stewart on the second pitch of the third inning and then one to Lyle Overbay on the first pitch of the fifth inning. The call from WCBS on the Overbay home run making me hate Colon even more for giving it up with John Sterling saying something to the effect of Lyle hitting it a mile, and then expressing how he Lyle Lovetts. Gag me. Overall Colon just went five and a third, throwing just 73 pitches before being pulled, striking out just three and allowing six hits along with three runs, all earned. The game gave him an ugly 5.06 ERA and even worse 6.75 FIP so it was far from his strongest outing. That said, he still has allowed just one walk this entire season which came on April 23rd in Boston to Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth inning of that game. It brings his BB/9 this year down to an incredible low 0.2 BB/9. Blevins looked good striking out two of the three batters he faced in relief. Resop followed him and gave up a triple to Eduardo Nunez who was plated by Brett Gardner to further distance the A’s. Resop has quietly not been great this year as he has just two shutdowns and one meltdown but when relievers help the other team distance you from competing even if the game is not all that close at that particular moment it does you a disservice. Resop has 5.4 K/9 (below his career mark of 7.5), 4.7 BB/9 (above his career mark of 4.2) and 0.7 HR/9 (slightly better than his career mark of 0.8). Always someone with a somewhat inflated BABIP, it is much higher this year (.347) than normal (.318) giving him a 4.73 ERA and 4.57 FIP. Wonder if he is someone who could slip through waivers? Scribner pitched fine in his inning of work.

Hero/Zero

Colon. 73 pitches isn’t very many unless there is an injury we all are unaware of and giving up home runs to Stewart and Overbay, those are just not the guys on this team you want to have beat you. Overall while not a clearly awful outing this was a subtly awful outing and though collectively the bats have much blame for failing to get to Hughes, no one there stands out.

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