Recap: Blue Jays @ A’s Game 107
Wrap: Toronto 5, Oakland 0. A’s 63-44 (1st Place, 5 games ahead)
The A’s haven’t lost ground via a loss in a while – June 23rd to be exact when they squandered a one game lead in the division and lost to the Mariners in ten innings to drop a game back of Texas. Fortunately now they have some more breathing room and today’s dispiriting loss to Toronto had no impact on their place in the standings. Not much to really talk about in this game. No real intrigue. So onto the particulars.
The A’s failed to score a run. With runners in scoring position they went 1-for-4, though in that one instance when they did get a Cespedes single in the bottom of the ninth, failed to score Lowrie on second base care of a double. Epic failure. Twice Freiman came up with a runner in scoring position and two outs and twice he botched that as the A’s failed to get to Buerhle. Lowrie’s previously commented on double was the only extra base hit for Oakland and at 2-for-4 only he and Norris (2-for-3) had mutli-game hits. The worst part of the game was probably the eighth inning. when the A’s were victimized by their first immaculate inning as the Oakland A’s. Steve Delabar of the Jays set down Rosales (foul, swinging strike, swinging strike), Crisp (called strike, swinging strike, swinging strike), and Young (called strike, called strike, swinging strike). Ouch.
No team has yet figured out how to win when they fail to score any runs, but Straily didn’t make matters that much better either letting the Jays get on the board early with a first inning Jose Bautista home run, and then allowing another solo shot to Emilio Bonifacio in the fifth. That said the A’s atrocious fielding led to three unearned runs. A two run deficit it mitigable, a five run deficit (though the A’s did it last week) less so. In the end Straily went just four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs (two earned – the home runs), on six hits with just two walks and two strikeouts in his highly inefficient 96 pitches. Otero was the better Dan on the hill today and went two and a third allowing three hits but striking out two. Blevins and Neshek mopped up with a perfect inning and a strikeout for both.
It was Jewish Heritage Night at the Coliseum and one would have hoped the lone Jew on the A’s – Freiman – would have come through with a big game earning himself hero accolades. Alas that was not to be, but he does find himself in the Hero/Zero column as a zero. Though the A’s would have lost it seems regardless, twice Freiman ended innings with runners on base and in scoring position: in the fourth with Lowrie on second and Donaldson at first he grounded out to Jose Reyes who tossed it to Maicer Izturis to end the inning and then he ended the game with Lowire on third and Cespedes on second with another groundout to Reyes. Runs scored for the A’s in these two situations: zero. Seems appropriate.