Recap: A’s @ Blue Jays Game 114
Wrap: Oakland 14, Toronto 6. A’s 65-49 (1st Place, tie)
I got to see the Dodgers and Rays tonight in Los Angeles where the Dodgers had an incredible comeback from being down 6-0, 6-1 after seven and being down three in the ninth. In Toronto where Oakland was playing the drama was not there as the A’s staked themselves out to a 6-0 lead as well but didn’t fold continuing to pile on offensively and the subpar pitching “played to the score” I suppose. This game featured seven home runs from the two squads (Oakland 5, Toronto 2 in the home run battle) in a game more reminiscent of about 10-15 years ago. Not the sort of game I like to watch, but as I said the other day talking about liking pitching duels aside from those times you’re on the losing end of them, the same can be said of slugfests where they aren’t fun to watch to me but if it is my team, no complaints shall be heard.
Lowrie had a heck of a game 4-for-4, with his 30th double on the season and his ninth home run also walking once. He scored twice and drove in four. Despite that, from the most unlikely of sources his game wasn’t the best offensively in this game which belonged to Reddick who had three home runs going 3-for-5 and driving in five, launching his home runs off of Rogers, former Athletic Neil Wagner and Juan Perez. The A’s in this one were up 4-0 before even recording an out with back-to-back first inning jacks from Lowrie and Cespedes. Overall the A’s scored their 14 runs on 17 hits, with Moss and Donaldson both going hitless, and every other starter except Cespedes recording at least two hits. The A’s drew five walks, while striking out just four times going 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. In essence, an offense that hasn’t been able to get out of first gear suddenly saw themselves clicking on all six cylinders.
Parker pitched passably with six innings, featuring three earned runs, on six hits, walking one and striking out six. He threw 99 pitches so was relatively inefficient. That outing is nothing to write home about but with his run support it certainly wasn’t a problem in the least and allowed him to earn his eighth win on the 2013 campaign. He was relieved by Otero who threw an inning, walking one and striking out one. Neshek was awful, he threw two-thirds of an inning allowing three runs on four hits including two two run home runs to Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus. Ugly outing that saw his ERA rise from 2.34 to 3.06. Blevins mopped it up with an inning and a third allowing a hit and striking out one.
Maybe Reddick read my post the other day? This was his first career three home run game. He entered the game with a disappointing five home runs on the year after this game 37.5% of this season’s home runs were hit Friday night. A monster of a game. I don’t care that Lowrie recorded more WPA (.192 to Reddick’s .135), three home runs could be the breakout he needs to start getting his season on track and one of these shots was opposite field and it was great to see and his 2.400 SLG for the game brought his season SLG from .326 to .363. Not too shabby a third of the way through August.