Recap: Angels @ A’s Game 105
Wrap: Oakland 10, Los Angeles 6. A’s 62-43 (1st Place, 6 games ahead)
The A’s expand their lead to six games now in the American League West. An impressive mark and their widest margin of the season and frankly widest lead for a long time – September 27th, 2006 to be exact when the A’s in Seattle, bested the M’s in extra innings. If the A’s can keep up this streak I can continue to recycle this first two sentence intro daily! A’s were down 6-5 but a five run bottom of the sixth changed that into the final score of 10-6. The A’s were at one point down five runs in this, after just the second inning, but stormed back to emerge victorious and swell their record versus the Halos this season to a solid 9-4 (.692). A’s have won the season series in the previous two seasons sporting an 11-8 and 10-9 record respectively. The last time the A’s have so thoroughly owned the Angels was 2001 (14-6, .700) and prior to that 1991 (12-1, .923).
Bats were certainly alive in this game as the A’s scored ten runs on ten hits while drawing seven walks. With runners in scoring position A’s hitters got the job done going 6-for-14 though they stranded seven. Cespedes with two doubles as a part of his 3-for-5 with four driven in and a strikeout afternoon was the clear offensive star, despite his big game tying hit being aided by the sun. Sogard meanwhile has hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .407/.407/.667 since the All Star break following his 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double ballgame. Donaldson meanwhile is headed in the opposite direction. He along with Coco, Reddick and Smith were guys who went hitless, though Donaldson drew a walk to accompany his three strikeouts. Since the break and his All Star snub, Donaldson is hitting an anemic .147/.310/.176.
Parker was awful. His ERA finally rose following a start for the first time since April 25th. Granted when you throw five innings of six earned run, on five hits, seven walks, to go with just three strikeouts baseball you really need to have a terrible ERA to have that improve it. Most pitchers with that sort of line will earn themselves a loss but Parker avoided that care of the A’s offense. Chavez who took over for Parker earned the victory with two innings of work during which he allowing a hit, walked two and struck out one. Doolittle and Otero finished out the game with a perfect inning from Doolittle with a strikeout while Otero allowed a hit and struck out one.
Cespedes went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two doubles. Those four driven in comprised the difference in the ballgame. It was just nice to see a good game from Cespedes after a disappointing campaign thus far, that has seen him hit .226/.297/.419 with a good chunk of his 1.7 WAR being derived from a solid effort in the field.