Recap: A’s @ Brewers Game 59
Wrap: Oakland 10, Milwaukee 2. A’s 35-24 (2nd Place, 1 1/2 games back)
The A’s really did nothing wrong in this one. Capped by a six run fifth inning, the A’s scored ten runs on nineteen hits. Their pitchers allowed just six hits resulting in two runs. Their former American League foe Brewers represented their first non-rival interleague series of the year and just their second since the Brew Crew went to the National League. The A’s are now 4-0 against the NL Brewers having last swept them when they visited Oakland in June of 2002 outscoring them a combined 27-8. The offense continued with tonight’s 10-2 victory meaning the A’s now have hit up Milwaukee for 37 runs in four games of interleague play. The A’s didn’t do as well against the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League though they held a lifetime 173-154 mark against them.
Every A’s starter got a hit in this one, including Milone who went 2-for-4 with an RBI to help his own cause bringing his career line up to .222/.222/.389 with a .263 wOBA and 73 wRC+ for 0.2 WAR on hitting alone since his 2011 MLB debut. His 73 wRC+ is fifth best among all pitchers who have 22 or more plate appearances in their careers over the past three seasons. But he was obviously not the focal point of the A’s offense: everyone pretty much was. Only two players (Moss and Sogard) in the starting lineup just had one hit though Moss’ was a home run that plated two). Jaso had three as did Crisp who had a lead off home run to start the game and a double. The team hit 9-for-18 with runners in scoring position. The offensive explosion was so large that even this late into the season it still accounted for a .004/.003/.005 rise in their slash line as the A’s managed a .432/.468/.659 slash line for the game. No complaints.
Milone did what he had to do, which really wasn’t very much and earned his sixth win backed by seven innings of two run, five hit (one being a Rickie Weeks two run shot accounting for all of Milwaukee’s scoring), no walk and four strikeout baseball. He threw just 85 pitches, but was pulled in favor of a pinch-hitter (Adam Rosales – the only Athletic without a hit). This is another reason I hate National League rules. Not only are we deprived of seeing nine true hitters, we also are deprived of seeing the best pitchers as they are prematurely pulled late in games because they have to come to the plate. Okajima and Chavez both pitched uneventful innings of relief to sew this one up.
Tough call but ultimately I go Coco. Crisp went 4-for-5 walking once, scoring twice, driving in a run and getting eight total bases care of a walk and lead off home run. His home run came on the second pitch Estrada threw on the evening and set the pace for the A’s rout.