Recap: A’s @ Brewers Game 61
Wrap: Oakland 6, Milwaukee 1. A’s 36-25 (2nd Place, 1 1/2 games back)
The big seventh inning is what catapulted the A’s to victory. Getting to Yovani Gallardo just like that pesky field sobriety test got to him, the A’s broke through with a five run seventh to win and take the series in Milwaukee. Gallardo did alright until he walked John Jaso and then allowed Yoenis Cespedes to beat the shift with a dribbler, a Jed Lowrie single loaded the bases. Josh Donaldson singled to score two and give the A’s a 3-1 lead. At that point Gallardo was removed in favor of Michael Gonzalez who on the third pitch he threw allowed a three run home run to Brandon Moss effectively ending any hopes the Brew Crew may have had. Oftentimes, it is as simple as that.
The A’s offense clicked on all six cylinders in the seventh inning, but aside from that was kind of weak. Four of their ten hits came in that seventh as did a walk and a hit by pitch. Donaldson kept up his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 night (all singles) driving in two and scoring once. Donaldson, whom I had concerns about coming into the year is now hitting a cool .332/.402/.529 and leads the A’s in 2.8 WAR. His BABIP is very high at .375 but even if it comes down considerably his numbers ought to look impressive. The only home run of the game was Moss’ shot and his ninth on the season is second on the A’s.
Appearances: Colon, Ryan Cook, Jesse Chavez.
Colon kept up his solid pitching. In his first outing since the Biogenesis scandal “re-broke”, Colon went seven innings (notedly facing a fellow “scandalee” who sat out the game in Ryan Braun) allowing a run on eight hits, walking just two and striking out four. The two walks represented just the second time Colon walked more than one in a game this year (May 20th at Texas being the other) and on the season he is now at an incredible 0.7 BB/9. Cook came in and did his thing, which is just being automatic these days, facing the minimum and K’ing one. Chavez then came in and he has been sharp striking out two despite allowing a hit in his inning of work. I often criticized his being on this roster still but he has turned in a good year thus far: 14.0 innings 7.1 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 for a 2.57 ERA and solid 3.06 FIP. Here’s hoping he can keep it up.
Going with Colon. Another solid start, he kept the A’s in the game and beyond. His hitting left much to be desired but at least he flew out in one of his three at bats (he K’d in the other two). Colon has been solid, coming on the heels of a “cause for distraction” he looked sharp and he really has been the ace of this A’s staff when there was plenty of reason to question whether he could be that guy.